Youth power unleashed at NCC R-Day Camp

Republic Day Camp

Youth power unleashed  at NCC R-Day Camp

Only few days are left for the 65th Republic Day celebration and different wings of the Armed Forces have geared up to make the annual event a huge success. A crucial part of the R-Day event, the National Cadet Corps (NCC) too is preparing in right earnest to commemorate the day with great fanfare.

 A series of activities have already commenced at the Garrison Parade Ground, where NCC cadets from different States are  rehearsing for the parade. From band display to march past by different State directorates, the cantonment area is buzzing with activities as part of NCC’s Republic Day Camp (RDC).

The RDC was inaugurated last week by Vice President Hamid Ansari. About 2,070 cadets including 702 girl cadets drawn from the 17 NCC Directorates covering all the States and Union Territories of the country are participating in this camp.

On the day, a contingent of smartly turned-out NCC cadets drawn from all the three wings  of Army, Navy and Air Force , presented a ‘Guard of Honour’ to the Vice President on his arrival. On the beats of the drums played by Jammu and Kashmir Rifles band, the contingent participated in the march past for the chief guest and other senior officials.
Thereafter, it was the NCC cadets from Scindia School, Gwalior and Mizo House, Aizwal who presented a band display. Young cadets added poise to the occasion with their coordinated formations while playing drums and bagpiper.  Later, the Vice President visited the flag area where he interacted with the cadets who briefed  him about their respective States.

Appreciating the various social themes , the Vice President in his address complimented the efforts of NCC and its contribution towards nation building. He mentioned that NCC is doing yeoman service by channelising youth power in a creative force to usher social changes.  He applauded NCC’s contribution during the Uttarakhand calamity. 

On the second day of the camp, Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal reviewed the Guard of Honour. The Chief of Army Staff, General Bikram Singh visited the camp the following day and was treated to a scintillating performance by cadets of Sainik School, Kapurthala who presented a band display of catchy tunes. Cadets of Punjab, Haryana, Himachal Pradesh and Chandigarh directorates dressed in traditional outfits gave a colourful cultural performance whereas cadets of Jammu Kashmir and Odisha directorates performed ballets.

The camp culminates into the PM’s rally on January 28. In the fortnight-long celebration the cadets attending the camp will be participating in a number of activities like cultural programme, various competitions and adventure activities like horse riding, paragliding to name a few. 

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