SHILLONG, April 6 - In all, 80 National Cadet Corps (NCC) volunteers today assisted the district administration here in its efforts to tackle the COVID-19 pandemic.
With shops and markets opening to sell essential commodities from 9 am, the 80 NCC cadets spread across the State capital assisted the district administration.
They primarily ensured that people near fair price shops maintained adequate physical distance of at least a metre while going about their business.
These cadets have received training from the State police after the NCC Directorate here formed a Disaster Management Cell headed by Brigadier PM Bali to fight the Covid-19 pandemic.
The cadets were provided personal protective equipment by the city police. The cadets were divided into 10 teams of 8 cadets each headed by an Associate NCC Officer (ANO) and a Permanent Instructional (PI) staff.
Altogether, there were 4 NCC officers from the defence force, nine ANOs and 11 PI staff working together with the State police.
�This exercise is likely to go on for another two days. More than 200 Senior Division Cadets of over 18 years have volunteered for this cause from Meghalaya, all of whom will be deployed in phases,� a defence spokesperson said.
Moreover, 16 veterans of the Indian Army led by Col. Gautam Rai (retd) Director Rajya Saink Borad Meghalaya volunteered to assist and help the State administration.
These �well trained and skilled� retired Army personnel will be deployed for security duties at various quarantine facilities being created in the State capital.