TAMIL NADU

TN to have 2500 more NCC cadets

CHENNAI May 29. The Tamil Nadu Government has agreed to increase the strength of the National Cadet Corps by 2,500, Commodore John P. Abraham, Deputy Director-General, NCC, Tamil Nadu, Pondicherry and Andaman and Nicobar, said today.

At present, the total number of cadets in the State was 95,000.

Talking to presspersons on the eve of his retirement, he said the State Government had also sanctioned Rs. 5 lakhs towards the ``Cadet Welfare Society''. This amount would form part of the corpus which would be utilised for scholarships and payment of compensation in the event of a cadet suffering casualty in any organised camp.

The directorate had requested the Government to provide ``permanent camping sites'' for the five NCC group headquarters located in Chennai (which had two group headquarters), Coimbatore, Tiruchi and Madurai. As a first step, the Government asked the Kancheepuram Collector to identify a suitable land for the site for the Chennai group headquarters. It was also requested to increase the refreshment allowance for cadets. At present, it was Rs. 2 per hour per cadet.

Another matter being considered by the government was giving weightage in government jobs to those with NCC certificates. Recalling his tenure as the head of the NCC unit for the past three years and two months, Com.Abraham said the directorate had done extremely well in all-India competitions. It bagged three championships in 1999, two in 2000 and again three last year. It won the Prime Minister's banner in 2000 as the best directorate in the country.

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