Parade enthrals audience during the NCC Day celebrations in the city
HYDERABAD: Army Parade Grounds in Secunderabad was lively as a hive on Sunday morning. Swaying limbs in synchrony, 10 contingents, including a horse contingent of the National Cadet Corps (NCC) of the Andhra Pradesh Directorate marched past the State Home Minister P. Sabitha Indra Reddy to commemorate the 61st Raising Day Anniversary of the organisation.
Watched by two T-72 battle tanks and an artillery field gun, the parade marked culmination of the week-long celebrations that began on November 17. And at 9.35 a.m., when two Microlite aircraft flew past the long columns of uniformed marching cadets, drew instant applause from the gathering.
Cadets of the physically-challenged contingent were cheered as they marched past the audience enclosure area. The highlight of the event was perhaps a synchronised drill by the 4 Andhra Air Command unit, Warangal performed for the first time in NCC history. Select cadets of the unit performed advanced drill movements with a 5.5 kg rifle in eight formations, with clockwise precision and expert dexterity.
“It is heartening to see NCC cadets working with other government organisation for social causes,” said the Home Minister. “NCC training is not an end but a beginning towards your future,” she said, while pointing out the role of the organisation in laying a “strong foundation for character building and developing leadership qualities and overall personality.”
She also congratulated the AP directorate for winning the prestigious Prime Minister’s Banner for the second consecutive year, last year. Earlier, she released a souvenir of NCC Directorate and also distributed prizes.
Senior Under Officer Anusha Sabbineni, a JNTU-H pass out was awarded the Colonel Chaudhary Trophy and best Cadet Medal by the Home Minister, while the Chief Ministers’ Banner for Overall Championship and Mandatory conditions Trophy went to Kakinada NCC Group. An air rescue operation by a Chetak helicopter was also conducted at the grounds. An aero modelling show by NCC Air Wing cadets, horse show by young boy and girl cadets, show jumping and Malkhambh were the other highlights.