NEW DELHI: Defence Minister Rajnath Singh Tuesday reviewed the contribution of 17 National Cadet Corps, NCC Directorates to fight COVID-19 through video conference. He complimented the role of NCC cadets in assisting the civilian administration in various tasks such as ensuring physical distancing at market places, packing and distribution of essential food materials, making of masks, maintenance of traffic.
Mr Singh said, the country is passing through challenging times and the government has taken several effective measures under the leadership of Prime Minister Narendra Modi to contain COVID-19. He expressed confidence that the nation will emerge victorious from this crisis.
He appreciated the vital role that the NCC directorates were playing as more than 60 thousand NCC cadets of whom 25 per cent were girl cadets are assisting the local administration in preventing COVID-19.
While appreciating their praiseworthy role, Defence Minister cautioned that the NCC cadets should be deployed for only such tasks for which they have been trained. He announced that the Government is determined to expand the NCC and has decided to go ahead for its expansion in the Coastal and Border areas.
Mr Singh also stressed on the modernisation of NCC with a view to make it more relevant to the new and changed times. He also stressed on the need to make the NCC activities compatible with the semester system of the colleges and universities.
The ADGs and DDGs of the NCC Directorates unanimously thanked the Defence Minister for the unique opportunity of direct interaction with him and apprised him of the NCC cadets’ contribution in fighting COVID-19 in their Directorates.
They briefed that the morale of the cadets is very high and that their contribution has received praise from both the citizens and the administration. Defence Secretary Dr Ajay Kumar and Director General NCC Lieutenant General Rajeev Chopra were present during the meeting.