New Delhi, Sep 22 (UNI) With the Defence Ministry considering increasing the strength of the National Cadet Corps by another 200,000, Minister of State for Defence MM Pallam Raju has called for extending the youth organisation to the remote and rural areas of the country.
Inaugurating the 17th Joint State Representatives and Deputy Directors General (JSR&D) Conference of the NCC here, the Minister said there were over 5,000 institutions waiting to enroll as members of the NCC family. ''It is for this reason that the Defence Ministry is considering a proposal to increase the strength of NCC by another two lakh cadets....'' Presently, the Senior Division of the NCC -- for college students and organised into three wings for the Army, Navy and the Air Force -- has a strength of 365,000 cadets while the Junior Division -- for school children -- has a strength of 658,000.
The Minister informed the Conference that the NCC proposal to increase the overall coverage of the students by way of reducing the enrolment period of senior wing/senior division cadets by one year had mean while been sanctioned.
He further emphasised the need to focus on enhancement of incentives for NCC cadets -- both in education as well as employment.
Earlier, NCC Director General Lt Gen Prakash Choudhary gave a detailed power-point presentation on the activities of the youth organisation. He informed the conference that NCC had taken up an Adult Girl Literacy Programme with assistance from UNICEF which would be implemented as a pilot project in some districts of the country.
The one-day Conference -- attended by representatives from the various states -- was held with the aim of evolving and formulating policies based on past experience for eliminating the inadequacies for further refinement and improvements in the training methods and organisational matters.
Issues like increase in NCC cadet strength, provisioning of adequate infrastructural support to NCC by the states and restructuring of NCC came up for discussion during the deliberations.