"Target rural areas"

FUTURE FIGHTERS: Lt. Gen. M. C. Bhandari, Director General, NCC, watching rifle shooting by cadets in Thanjavur on Thursday. Photo: M. Srinath  

Special Correspondent

Director General of National Cadet Corps tells youth

Thanjavur: The Director General of National Cadet Corps (NCC) M. C. Bhandari, has appealed to the cadets to work for improving the quality of life of people in rural areas.

Speaking at the National Integration Camp organised under the aegis of Tamil Nadu, Pondicherry and Andaman Nicobar NCC Directorate at Periyar Maniammai College of Technology for Women (PMCTW) here on Thursday, Lt. Gen. Bhandari said that majority of the people in the country lived in rural areas. They should get electronic, physical, knowledge and economic connectivity. This was the dream of the President Dr. A. P. J. Abdul Kalam and he believed in youth in achieving this. Youth are the future of India. "Through these camps you (NCC cadets) should understand our varied culture, languages and customs and work for national integration," Lt. Gen Bhandari said.

Earlier, he saw rifle shooting by the cadets at the camp and spoke to NCC cadets spread out in the villages for doing service under Provision of Urban Amenities to Rural Areas (PURA) scheme through video conferencing.

Col T. M. Shanmugham, Group Commander, Rockfort Group , Tiruchi, director of the camp, said that the camp was aimed at promoting national integration. Six hundred and fifty cadets from 16 directorates of the country are attending the camp which started on June 8 and would end on June 19. During the camp, the cadets would training on drill, physical fitness, yoga, karate, elocution, debates, career planning, cultural programmes and games etc.

"The endeavour of entire training was that when these cadets go back to their respective States, they take with them the rich experience of understanding their brethern from other States, their culture and become better and responsible citizen to serve the society and nation," Col Shanmugham said.

The camp is headed by Camp commandant Col U. S. Upadyaya, Col. Nath as the co-ordinator, training, deputy commandant major A. Jeevanantham of the Periyar Centenary Polytechnic.