Prime Minister presents awards to best cadets
NEW DELHI: Prime Minister Manmohan Singh on Saturday said the country needed a national movement of young people engaged actively in social development, sports and the development of personal character.
Addressing the National Cadet Corps PM's Rally at the Garrison Grounds here, Dr. Singh expressed the hope that the NCC would play its part in inculcating values like discipline, loyalty, comradeship in youth and dedication to the nation.
Praising the NCC for its role in nation-building, the Prime Minister said: "The country is justly proud of the NCC. Since its inception, the NCC has contributed a great deal to the development of the personalities of thousands of our youth. You represent the great diversity of our nation. You also symbolise our unity. It is delightful to see the unbreakable bond of friendship among cadets coming from different parts of our country, speaking a variety of languages and professing many creeds. In the NCC, we truly find an inspiring example of unity in diversity."
"The NCC cadets have established a just reputation of serving society and the nation. Whenever our nation has confronted natural or man-made disasters, the cadets have displayed exemplary courage and bravery in extending relief to the affected people," he said.
Dr. Singh, who gave away awards to the best cadets in different categories, expressed the hope that more youth would join the NCC.
"After six decades of our Independence, our Republic today marches forward with confidence. We have to move ahead with greater speed to sustain our progress and ensure social justice and equality to our people. Our one billion-plus population, of which the youth constitute more than 30 per cent, has much to benefit from the spirit of patriotism. The discipline and character required for this can be developed by cultivating values of common honesty and industry," he said.
The rally began with the presentation of a guard of honour to the Prime Minister by the Army, Navy and Air Force wings of the NCC.
This was followed by an impressive march past by the cadets.
A first this year was the presentation of tableaux by all the 17 State Directorates. These floats depicted various socially relevant themes like AIDS awareness, blood donation and environment conservation.
All the three wings of the NCC showcased their skills. The Army wing carried out thrilling drops from a helicopter using slithering technique and displayed how a combat team carried out an attack on an enemy position. There was also a demonstration of casualty evacuation and parasailing.
The Naval wing float showed multifarious activities including sailing, scuba diving and windsurfing. The Air Force wing cadets presented an air show that included aero-model flying.
The rally was attended by Defence Minister A.K. Antony, Minister of State for Defence M.M. Pallam Raju, Defence Secretary Shekhar Dutt and the Chiefs of Army, Air Force and Naval Staff.