NCC striving to increase number of girl cadets to 33 per cent

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Patna, Jun 14 (UNI) In tandem with the efforts of the government for women empowerment, the National Cadet Corps (NCC) is also striving to encourage girl students to join the NCC so that number of the girls reaches 33 per cent of the total cadets.

Colonel Prem Prakash, SM Group Commander NCC Group Headquarters, Patna, told mediapersons here today that NCC was making special efforts to increase its girl cadets and approaching the principals of various schools and colleges in achieving the goal.

''Our aim would be to increase the number of girl cadets to 33 per cent of the total cadets of the NCC,'' he said, adding that it would instil confidence among the women.

Colonel Prakash said besides providing relief to victims during natural calamities, including floods and earthquakes, NCC cadets were also spreading the message to eradicate social evils like corruption, illiteracy, dowry and child marriage.

In the ongoing offensive against Polio, NCC cadets were also extending full cooperation to the government and social organisations to wipe out the menace, he added.

''A separate medical unit has also been created in NCC to encourage the medical students to join as cadets,'' Col Prakash said, adding that 200 medical students had joined as cadets in Patna unit itself.

''In view of the rising incidents of cancer cases, the NCC, especially its medical unit, was engaged in creating awareness against the fatal disease and people were being acquainted about preventive measures to check the menace,'' he said, adding that environment, ecology, aforestation and community development were other key areas where the NCC was making its commendable contribution.

Stressing the need to cultivate adventure among the youths, the NCC was also encouraging them to participate in micro-flying, para-sailing, sailing expeditions, rock climbing and trekking and required training was also being imparted to them, he informed.

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