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Young population can play a big role in “vocal for local”, says PM Modi

Prime Minister Narendra Modi was speaking at an online event marking the launch of the Pandit Jasraj Cultural Foundation. File image.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi was speaking at an online event marking the launch of the Pandit Jasraj Cultural Foundation. File image.

The young population of the country can play a big role in “vocal for local” and to make India become self-reliant, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said on Friday, while stating that steps are being taken to empower the National Cadet Corps (NCC) and a high-level review committee has been formed.

Over one lakh new NCC cadets have been added in border areas in the last two years, Mr. Modi said while calling on more girls to join the organisation. He was addressing the annual PM’s NCC rally in Delhi Cantonment.

Calling on NCC cadets to ensure that their schools and colleges are free from the menace of drugs, Mr. Modi said, “You know very well how much drug addiction ruins our young generation. Therefore, how can drugs reach the school-college where there is NCC-NSS. As a cadet, you yourself should be free from drugs, as well as make your campus free from drugs.”

He said that India’s youth has taken the nation to the top-3 in the world in terms of start-ups and unicorns created during COVID show the strength of our youth. Over 50 unicorns came into existence during COVID, Mr. Modi stated.

“It is your responsibility to ensure that the things you’ve learned in NCC are put into action not only when you’re in your uniform, but also in society. You can form several teams in your areas, apply it in your societies and make changes at the ground level,” he said.

On the NCC as an elective course in academic curriculum, the PM said 90 universities across the countries have chosen the NCC as an elective subject.

Stating that the number of girl cadets here shows that India’s ideas are changing, Mr. Modi said the nation needs your participation and service and there are immense opportunities for women in several sectors. “Now the daughters of the country are taking admission in Sainik Schools. The daughters of the country are flying fighter planes in the Air Force. It should be our effort that more girls be included in NCC,” he said.

Noting that in an era of possibilities relating to digital technology and information sector there are also dangers of misinformation, Mr. Modi said NCC cadets can run awareness campaign for this.


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