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10-day NCC camp gets under way

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More stress on adventurous activities, says Pallam Raju


Minister inaugurates the camp

All the three wings take part in ceremonial parade


Kakinada: Union Minister of State for Defence M.M. Pallam Raju has inaugurated a ten-day NCC special national integration camp at a function held at the APSP grounds here on Friday.

Accompanied by NCC Director-General Prakash Chaudhury, the Minister inspected the ceremonial parade in which cadets of all the three wings of the NCC -- Navy, Airwing and Infantry -- took part.

Discipline

Addressing the cadets, he said the NCC was playing a major role in inculcating discipline, patriotism and the spirit of national integration among the cadets. He said over 1.40 lakh students spread over 1,322 schools and colleges were receiving the NCC training in Andhra Pradesh alone. The Minister was happy to note that the NCC cadets were being imparted career counselling that gives them a fresh direction in choosing their career.

Pointing out that the NCC now became a more vibrant and dynamic organisation with more stress laid on adventurous activities, Mr. Pallamraju cited how 15 NCC girl cadets achieved laurels by participating in mountaineering expedition and two cadets in shooting competitions at national level.

Training period

Keeping in view the national requirement utmost, he said the NCC training period was cut short from three to two years. Underlining the importance of NCC, he said it promotes the spirit of national integration and channelises the youth potential towards national development. He hoped the NCC cadets of other states, who are attending the camp, would have the opportunity of visiting various places in the district and interact with the fellow cadets and local public on the rich tradition and culture of East Godavari district.

As a part of the inaugural, NCC Airwing cadets gave a demonstration of aero-modelling and flying.

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