Bhagwan Parshuram Sena President Om Prakash Sharma has demanded that NCC training should be made compulsory for all students keeping in view the need for trained personnel in combating internal as well as external threats faced by the country.
A memorandum in this regard has beeen sent to the Ministry of Education and Defence, Sharma told newsmen in Thane.
The country was facing internal threats from various forces like Naxals, Ulfa, Bodo and other extremist groups, he said.
NCC training to students, equipped with mordern weapons would help the police and Army in situations like the recent terror atttacks in Mumbai, Sharma said.
Our government is contemplating to create National Security Guards (NSG) hub in each state to meet such eventualities, but people drawn into the formation of these groups would deprive the parent organisation of trained people, he said.
In order to avoid such an eventuality we should make NCC training compulsory in all educational institutions and give them good training in handling modern weapons he said.
If our government gives more percentage of grace marks in examination more students would join NCC and the parents also would encourage their children to take part in the training, Sharma said.
Sharma said that in a reply to a question under the RTI, the Directorate General of NCC of the Ministry of Defence had informed him that there were a total of 79,7104 NCC cadets in Senior Division in colleges all over India with 11 per cent girls.
It was also informed him that presently NCC training was voluntary, and the Budgetary provision for Defence services for the year 2008-09 was Rs 1,05,600 Crores.