Delhi, Dec 18
Raksha Mantri Rajnath Singh launched ‘Rashtriya Ekta Geet’ composed by the National Cadet Corps (NCC) cadets in 22 languages on the theme of National Integration during the grand finale of ‘Vijay Shrankhla aur Sanskrityon ka Mahasangam’ campaign in New Delhi on December 17, 2021.
The mega event was conducted by NCC as part of ‘Azadi Ka Amrit Mahotsav’, which is presently being celebrated to commemorate 75 years of India’s Independence. It comprised of honouring and felicitation of bravehearts of 1971 Indo-Pak War at 75 locations across the country under the NCC Vijay Shrankhla including live streaming on the Gallantry Award Portal. The campaign culminated today with ‘Sanskritiyon ka Maha Sangam’ wherein selected NCC cadets from across the country congregated in Delhi and showcased their shared cultural heritage.
Highlighting the glorious history of NCC, Rajnath Singh said, “NCC has produced a number of stalwarts who have brought glory and laurels to the Nation. Leaders like Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose, PM Narendra Modi, former External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj, former Raksha Mantri Manohar Parrikar, sports personalities like Hima Das, Anjali Bhagwat, world famous cardiologist Dr Naresh Trehan and many others are NCC alumni who have contributed towards Nation building.”
Talking about Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s keen interest in the NCC, the Raksha Mantri said, “The Prime Minister recently launched NCC alumni association. I believe that such steps would enhance the training capacity of NCC many times and would unite all alumni of this esteemed organisation.” He further added “The Prime Minister is the first member of NCC alumni association and I am the second. I also see your bright future through hard work and dedication towards the nation.”
Highlighting the moto of NCC, ‘Unity and Discipline’, Rajnath Singh said “The NCC develops the virtues of unity, discipline, patience and brotherhood in its cadets and these virtues remain forever with them. That’s why it is said ‘once an NCC cadet is always an NCC cadet’.”
Mentioning Government’s supportive approach for NCC, Raksha Mantri said, “Seeing your potential, government has announced One Lakh new vacancies in the NCC. Initiatives like ‘Digital India’, ‘Skill India’, ‘Start-up India’ ‘Fit India’, etc may help you in progressing in your specialised areas. Government is taking may more such initiatives. I would like you to stay updated about such initiatives and utilise them for making your lives better and successful, also, to aware your surrounding about these.”
The finale started with welcome speech by DG NCC followed by presentation of short video clip showcasing homage paid to the 1971 fallen heroes during the event and importance of Vijay Diwas.
The Raksha Mantri also congratulated DG NCC, his team and all the cadets from various part of the country who worked hard to make this iconic event a grand success. The finale was also attended by Raksha Rajya Mantri Ajay Bhatt, Defence Secretary Dr Ajay Kumar, Vice Chief of Army Staff, DG NCC Lt Gen Gurbirpal Singh, prominent NCC Alumni Association members and other senior civil and military dignitaries.