Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday released a special day cover and a commemorative specially minted coin of Rs 75 denomination to commemorate 75 successful years of the National Cadet Corps (NCC).
Defence Minister Rajnath Singh and the chiefs of all three armed forces of the country were also present on the occasion. In the true Indian spirit of Vasudhaiva Kutumbakam, 196 officers and cadets from 19 foreign countries were invited to be a part of the celebrations.
“India’s time has arrived. Today, the whole world is looking towards India and the biggest reason for this is the youth of India. ‘Yuva Shakti’ is the driving force of India’s development journey,” said the Prime Minister in his address at the annual NCC PM rally at the Cariappa Parade Ground in Delhi.
The Prime Minister also lauded the participation of girls in the NCC, and praised the Agniveer scheme to help women participate in the forces. He said that in the last eight years, the number of women in the police and paramilitary forces has doubled. He complimented the cadets for Unity flame where they completed the run from Kanyakumari to Delhi by covering 50 km per day for 60 days, and said that the flame and the culture extravaganza of the evening has strengthened the spirit of ‘EK Bharat, Shreshtha Bharat’.