ITANAGAR, July 24 - Arunachal Pradesh Chief Minister Pema Khandu today said that he was seeking to extend the Indian military cadet corps to all higher secondary schools of the State by raising NCC units in all uncovered schools.
Khandu said that it is the vision of Prime Minister Narendra Modi that the Indian military cadet corps should have its reach in all the border areas of the country.
The Chief Minister said this while holding a discussion with top officials of the National Cadet Corps (NCC) for its expansion in Arunachal Pradesh, aimed at instilling a sense of nationalism, discipline and the ideals of selfless service among the youths of the State. The NCC officials were led by Additional Director General (ADG), NCC Directorate, NER Shillong, Major General Raju Chauhan.
Khandu said that upgrading the 22(I) Coy at Pasighat to a full-fledged battalion and raising of another NCC battalion at Tawang would help in filling up cadet vacancies in these schools.
He appealed to the Government of India for a separate group headquarters of the NCC to have better command and control over its two proposed NCC units including the existing battalion at Itanagar.
He assured the NCC officials of providing infrastructure, manpower and financial support for expansion of NCC activities in Arunachal Pradesh.
Earlier in the day, the ADG, accompanied by Commanding Officer, 1-Arunachal Pradesh NCC Battalion, Col RK Sharma called on State Governor Brig (Dr) BD Mishra (retd) at the Raj Bhavan here. They discussed promotion of NCC in different educational institutes across the State. The Secretary of Education, Government of Arunachal Pradesh, Madhu Rani Teotia, was also present in the meeting.
The Governor said that in the line of Prime Minister Narendra Modi�s vision of �New India�, the activities under NCC programmes should be taken up with more thrust on �nation building�, involving a larger number of students.
�Our cadets must have the opportunities of attending regular NCC training and taking �A�, �B� and �C� certificate examinations of the NCC and working hard to get selected for the Republic Day parade,� he stressed.
The Governor also said that there must be an NCC unit in all the district headquarters of the State and the maximum number of eligible students should enrol for training.
The Governor, who attended the prize distribution ceremony of the combined annual training camp of NCC cadets of Arunachal Pradesh and Assam at Dera Natung College here recently, said that the students of Arunachal Pradesh have tremendous potential. If provided proper guidance and motivation, they can excel in many fields. �They can make very good officers in our armed forces and be an asset to the nation. They can be the role model for the youth of the North Eastern Region,� he said.
The Governor requested the officers to prepare a time-bound plan to start the 2-Arunachal Pradesh NCC Battalion, which is sanctioned for Tawang.