National Cadet Corps (NCC) Republic Day Camp (RDC) was inaugurated in Delhi by Lt. Gen Aniruddha Chakravarty, Director General - NCC with the aim of providing cadets an exposure to the rich culture and traditions of India.
According to a PIB release, inaugurating the RDC, Director General-NCC Chakravarty highlighted the major achievements of the NCC in nation building, social awareness and campaigns, community development, environment protection and sports
and adventure like scaling of Mount Everest by the boys’ team of NCC in May 2013. He added that NCC has included soft skills and personality development of the Cadets along with regular training. It was pointed out that NCC has youth exchange programme with ten countries.
The NCC camp is being held at Garrison Parade Ground, Delhi
Cantt, where 2070 Cadets including 702 girl cadets drawn from 17 NCC Directorates, covering all the States and Union Territories of the Country are participating. The camp includes 102 cadets from J&K and 156 cadets from North Eastern Region.
The release said that the cadets were selected through a tough selection process and were the crème de la creme of the NCC. The cadets attending the camp were following an intense schedule over the month since Jauary 1 by participating in a number of activities such as cultural, national integration awareness programme and institutional training competitions.
It may be noted that before RDC all NCC group headquarters have to face the Inter-Group Competition (IGC) with RDC as the culmination of all NCC training activities and closure with Prime Minister's Rally on 27 January. During the camp, the visits of Raksha Mantri, Cabinet Ministers, Chief Minister of Delhi, three Service Chiefs and various State Ministers/VIPs are also organised.
During the RDC, various competitions are conducted to decide the Champion Directorate for award of the Prime Minister's Banner. Competitions include various events such as national integration awareness presentation; drill, line and flag area; and cultural programmes.