KERALA

Encourage students to join NCC: CM

THIRUVANANTHAPURAM Nov. 24. The Chief Minister, A. K. Antony, has urged the parents not to be over-sensitive towards their children thus curbing their overall personality development.

Inaugurating the NCC Day celebrations-2002 organised by the State wing of the NCC Directorate (Kerala and Lakshadweep) here today, Mr. Antony expressed concern over the reluctance of parents to send their children to the NCC camps. Most of the parents were unaware of the benefits of such camps, which would help to develop discipline, self-dependence and courage, he said.

Mr. Antony said the Government would offer help to the NCC Directorate for the betterment of training facilities. Though the Government was passing through a period of financial crisis, this would be overcome in future and the Government was confident of providing more financial assistance to the directorates, he said.

In his address, the director of the NCC Directorate (Kerala and Lakshasweep), Brigadier. M. P. S. Bajwa, said the directorate would experiment the possibilities of introducing a mixed battalion consisting of girl and boy cadets instead of the existing separate battalions. This scheme was being planned to attract more girls into the corps. He said that the directorate would also give more importance to various adventure sport activities by making use of the natural resources available in Lakshadweep islands.