IN AN unprecedented move, the National Cadet Corps (NCC) has sought extension of retiring officials of the ranks of colonels and lieutenant colonels.
Addressing media persons on Monday, Director General (NCC) Lt Gen M C Bhandari said a letter had been written to the headquarters to contemplate over extension for 2 years to the officers in the interest of NCC. “This,” according to the Lt Gen, would reduce the problem cause to lack of instructors and at the same time use the rich experience of the officers for the benefit of the cadets.
As against the total strength of officers of 1700, there are only 1408 officers serving in the NCC.
NCC is the biggest uniformed organisation with 13 lakh cadets. “The organisation has really grown from 1.5 lakh cadets in 1917 to 13 lakh in 2006,” said the Lt Gen. He said the main object of the NCC was to increase the cadet strength by 2 lakh in the next 5 years. The current strength of the cadets in India is 4 per cent of the total strength of cadets. The Lt Gen said even the President of India raised the issue of increasing the number of cadets. The current strength of girls in NCC was only 17 per cent. “Our plan is to increase the strength to 33 per cent in the next 5 years,” said Lt Gen Bhandari. NCC has gained the form of movement in India, he said and added over 150 students were in wait to join the NCC in UP. The Lucknow directorate is the biggest with 1.2405 lakh cadets, and the strength of girls in the corps has grown from 3 per cent to 15 per cent in the last 2 years.
NCC has been excelling in sports and adventure activities. Citing an example of excellence, the Director General (NCC) said that the cadets have excelled at the national and international level. Rajyavardhan Rathore, Anjali Bhagwat etc are some of the NCC pass outs cadets. The C Certificate courses are coming handy to the cadets. Companies like Sahara and Reliance are hiring cadets with C certificates. Sahara was also sponsoring scholarships for 802 cadets.