September 29, 2022

NCC is doing a yeoman service by transforming the youth into a cohesive & disciplined force: Defence Minister

Rajnath Singh virtually interacted with NCC cadets taking part in Republic Day Camp 2022

Exhorts them to dream big and take the country to newer heights

New Delhi, Defence Minister Rajnath Singh said National Cadet Corps (NCC) is doing a yeoman service by transforming the youth into a cohesive and disciplined force. He was virtually interacting with the cadets of NCC taking part in the Republic Day Camp 2022 (RDC 2022) on January 22.

“The NCC is doing a yeoman service to the Nation by transforming the youth into a cohesive and disciplined force”

-Defence Minister Rajnath Singh

The Defence Minister lauded the youth organisation for instilling into its cadets the qualities of a leader, soldier, artist, musician and above all a good human being, making them a complete person. He commended NCC for developing the qualities of its cadets so that they create their own paths and give new direction to society.

He urged the cadets to find purpose in life and take inspiration from many NCC alumni who made a mark in society by adopting the qualities of unity, discipline, truthfulness, courage, harmony and leadership taught at the organisation.

Terming hard work as the key to success, the Defence Minister urged the NCC cadets to strive for a “new dawn of progress from petty jealousies and soul-sapping prejudices of regions, religions, castes and classes.” He called for equality between men and women, enjoying the highest measure of liberty, consistent with the common good.

The Defence Minister laid equal emphasis on moulding with the continuously evolving times and carrying forward Indian values, traditions and the feeling of humanity while bringing about that change.

Rajnath Singh cited a saying of Swami Vivekananda, ‘You are lions, you are souls, pure, infinite, and perfect. The might of the universe is within you’, exhorting the NCC cadets to dream big and work diligently towards achieving their goals by breaking the shackles of fear and scepticism.

“Go ahead in your lives with a vision to create something new, something of the highest order, something that makes you successful and makes our country proud,” he said.

“Go ahead in your lives with a vision to create something new, something of the highest order, something that makes you successful and makes our country proud”

The Defence Minister decided to interact with the NCC cadets virtually as he is still COVID-19 positive and following all protocols. He told the cadets that, being an NCC alumni and a teacher himself, he ensures that he doesn’t miss any event organised by NCC.

During the event held in the NCC auditorium at Delhi Cantt, the NCC cadets presented a colourful rendition of the song ‘Shat Shat Naman’ to the Defence Minister. The event was marked by the announcement of the winners of this year’s Raksha Mantri Padak and Commendation Cards. DG NCC Lt. Gen. Gurbirpal Singh and senior civil and military officers of Ministry of Defence attended the function.

The Raksha Mantri Padak was instituted in 1989 and since then it is awarded to the most deserving cadets and instructors every year for bravery or exceptional service of the highest order. This year, the Raksha Mantri Padak will be awarded to Cadet Divyanshi of Delhi Directorate and Lt. Akshay Deepakrao Mandlik of Karnataka & Goa Directorate.

Raksha Mantri Commendation Cards will be awarded to Cadet Capt. Dheeraj Singh of Gujarat Directorate, SUO Somesh Manoj Sinha of Maharashtra Directorate, SUO KH Monita Singha of North East Region Directorate and Cadet Adarsh Sharma of West Bengal & Sikkim Directorate.  

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