Addressing the National Cadet Corps (NCC) rally on January 28 in New Delhi after cadets' participation in the Republic Day parade, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh said that youth were the major strength of the nation.
Complimenting the NCC cadets for their splendid performance and team effort on January 26, Singh said, "Ever since its establishment, the NCC has made an immense contribution towards processes of nation-building and social harmony. It has transformed the lives of millions of youth by honing their leadership skills and inculcating in them the core values of patriotism, discipline and selfless service."
"India is a young nation. Our youth are our major strength. Today, more than ever before, there is greater awareness among the youth about their rights. Equally, there is a strong desire to contribute directly to the betterment of our society," he added.
Singh praised the contribution of NCC in disaster relief, social service and community development and said the nation was grateful for their valiant efforts. Expressing happiness over updating of NCC training philosophy, Singh said, "The inclusion of Personality Development as a major subject, with special emphasis on soft and life skills will help the cadets to become self-confident and develop their leadership skills."
He urged the cadets to live up to the NCC’s motto of “Unity and Discipline” to meet the national challenges.