Colonel S. Vednayagam, Commander, NCC Group Headquarters, Tiruchi said that the State government would be approached for speedy clearance to launch new NCC battalions in the State.

Speaking to ‘The Hindu' after inspecting the performance of NCC cadets, who were being trained at the shooting range at Alagappa Arts and Science College in Karaikudi, he said it had been decided to launch at least four more NCC battalions in Tamil Nadu since there was a huge response among the schools and colleges for starting NCC units.

As many as 64 schools and colleges had been lined up for joining in the NCC movement from the districts controlled by Tiruchi group headquarters.

They could be given nod only after getting clearance from the Governments.

Mr. Vednayagam said though the Central government had already sanctioned the proposal, the State government was yet to clear it and it was pending for the last 10 months.

Since a new government had taken over, steps would be taken to approach it for speedy sanctioning. If the sanction was given, around 5,000 more cadets could be enrolled from Tamil Nadu alone. He said the daily food allowance for NCC cadets had been increased to Rs.70 from 40.

The last revision was done about 12 years ago.

The increase would facilitate the NCC authorities to provide high quality and energy food to them.

Training camps

Mr. Vednayagam said two 10-day training camps were being organised one at Karaikudi for boys and the other at Thanjavur for girls.

Weapons training similar to that of the army soldiers were being given to those cadets who participated in the Talsenik Selection Camp.

A few more camps would be conducted in the near future to narrow down the best cadets. They would become fully trained cadets at the end of all camps.

Later, he held discussion with Lt. Col S.K. Singh, Training Officer, NCC Group Headquarters, Tiruchi, Lt. Col. V. Menon, Commanding Officer, 9 TN NCC Battalion, Karaikudi.

It had been decided to launch at least four more NCC battalions in

Tamil Nadu