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NCC cadets can fill shortage: Minister

With the three armed forces of the country facing a shortage of nearly 15,000 officers, Minister of State for Defence MM Pallam Raju today said the National Cadets Corps will be able to fill up the vacancies.

india Updated: Oct 02, 2008 18:02 IST

With the three armed forces of the country facing a shortage of nearly 15,000 officers, Minister of State for Defence MM Pallam Raju today said the National Cadets Corps (NCC) will be able to fill up the vacancies.

"NCC cadets are joining the Indian Military Academy (IMA) and other armed forces training institutions in large numbers. Every year, their numbers are increasing. I think they can be used to fill up the shortage of officers in the Army, Navy and Air Force," Raju said, after attending a 'Sankalp Rally' of over 7,000 cadets near India Gate in New Delhi.

Terming the NCC cadets as a powerful instrument for spreading awareness in the country, he said NCC cadets have been involved in spreading awareness on issues like AIDS, drug abuse, cancer and anti-female foeticide, and should be used to promote awareness over all social issues.

He said the perfomance of NCC cadets in sports was also commendable in the recent past at various levels. "NCC cadets are doing very well in field of sports. NCC cadets have done very well at the international- and national-level shooting championships," he said.

Looking at the potential of NCC, the government has decided to increase the number of cadets from the current 13 lakh to 15 lakh from this year, the minister added.

The process of recruitment of new cadets was in progress throughout the country, NCC Director General Lt Gen Prakash Chaudhary said.

Referring to the reach and role of NCC, Chuadhary said: "NCC cadets are present in almost each and every district of the country. With nationalistic values in our cadets, they can play a big role in spreading communal harmony."

Nearly 7,000 NCC cadets took the pledge to maintain and promote communal harmony at the "Sankalp Rally."