Shillong Dec 17: The Meghalaya government has assured to give the right attention to the requirements of the National Cadet Corps (NCC) in the state including training infrastructure and allotment of space for setting up of permanent campus.
“The kind of attention that the NCC should receive in the past years has not been given, and the state government has not been able to give the kind of support to them. The NCC is doing a wonderful work for the youth and the training they are giving to the children it is a very important aspect of character building for our youth. Sadly the state has not been able to take due advantage of this. As a government, we feel the NCC can really contribute a lot. I have been in touch and had a meeting about this two months back, and the discussion has already taken place with the education and youth affairs departments. There are certain financial requirements and it is a positive thing which we will consider,” Conrad said after he addressed the young NCC cadets at the Assam Rifles Directorate, Laitkor about 20 km from Shillong.
The NCC cadets from different parts of the country were participating in the North Eastern Region Trek, 2018 from December 11 to 18.
“The discussion that we have now was a clear indication that we are serious and wanted to take this forward. We will give support whatever possible for the NCC,” Conrad assured.
Earlier while addressing the NCC cadets, Conrad said that the youth of the country are agents of positive change and emphasised the importance of hard work and perseverance for progressive transformation of the nation.
He said that such camps organized for NCC cadets were important as it provided opportunity to the youth as part of national integration who came from diverse backgrounds to interact and share their experiences under one platform.
“You have come from different parts of the country and I am sure that during your stay here you have experienced the natural beauty, the local culture and the people of Meghalaya”, he said.
The Chief Minister expressed his happiness over the outstanding achievements of the cadets from the State who have excelled in various spheres and motivated them to be worthy citizens capable of taking the nation to greater heights.
He also stressed on the importance of maintaining discipline and has a purpose in life to be able to excel and achieve goals.
“You will have failures but it is important to learn from experiences and get going with more determination towards your goal”, the Chief Minister inspired.
Terming the NCC a “premier youth” organisation dedicated towards national integration, the Chief Minister lauded the efforts of the NCC fraternity in grooming the future citizens of the State.
Others present at the function were DDG NCC Directorate NER, Brigadier S.B.K. Singh, and Group Commander NCC Headquarter Shillong, Brigadier P.M. Bali.