The Government on Tuesday denied a recent report in a leading newspaper in regard to the military training of youths and blamed the latter of sensationalising the whole matter by twisting facts.
Alok Deshwal, Joint Director (M&C), Press Information Bureau, issued a statement saying, “The report aims to sensationalize the whole matter by twisting facts and is devoid of reality. The Government strongly denies the sensational misrepresentation made in the report. The fact is that a meeting was held in PMO to revamp the National Cadet Corps (NCC) and National Service Scheme (NSS).”
The discussion was mainly focused on taking measures for strengthening NCC and NSS and how youth could be empowered through these institutions.
It has been decided to set up a committee under the chairmanship of Shri Anil Swarup, the then Secretary, School Education, with suitable representations from NCC, Ministry of Youth Affairs and Ministry of HRD to suggest measures to strengthen NCC & NSS. The committee is expected to touch on issues like expansion, strengthening training infrastructure, rationalizing resources, reducing manpower deficiency affecting NCC and NSS.
Currently, there are 13.5 lakh cadets in NCC in the age group of 12 to 26 years with pan India presence in about 703 out of 716 districts. It was noted that there are a large number of educational institutions in the country including those 8600 on the waitlist in which NCC is yet to be extended. There is also an existing shortage in the NCC manpower across the categories ranging from 5 per cent to 36 per cent.