BJP's National Vice President Baijayant Jay Panda, who was recently appointed as the Chairperson of a high-level expert committee constituted by the Ministry of Defence (MoD) to initiate a comprehensive revamp of the National Cadet Corps (NCC), on Sunday called upon states across the country, including Odisha, to start giving prominence for increasing recruitment of NCC cadets in various sectors.
The sectors include, from police to corporate, sports and social welfare, he said.
With 12 lakh cadets, the NCC is the world's largest uniformed youth organisation, but in comparison to the population of India, its base needs to be strengthened further, Panda said on the sidelines of a felicitation programme in Kendrapara today.
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The senior BJP leader highlighted that several states have made provisions to facilitate recruitment of NCC cadets for policing, fire fighting, disaster management and other government jobs with quota varying from 1 to 2 percent. But Uttar Pradesh leads among all states as it provides 5 percent reservatiin for recruitment of NCC cadets, he said.
"I hope, other states including Odisha will also consider recruiting NCC cadets who have completed 5 years in service," Panda said.
The former Parliamentarian said, "Even though the Army and Navy give the highest preference to NCC cadets, the government is planning to reform the curriculum of the NCC so that the cadets can enter the corporate sector, sports and other areas for overall good of the society."
"We have to introduce several changes in different schemes to make way for reformation in the NCC. Initially, we have to focus on the coastal and border areas for development. This will especially be beneficial for Odisha," Panda said while speaking to reporters.
BJP members, students and several workers from various social organisations felicitated Panda at an event organised in Garadpur.
On September 16, Panda was appointed as Chairperson of the high-level expert committee constituted for the comprehensive review of the NCC.
The Committee will suggest measures to empower NCC cadets so that they contribute more effectively towards nation-building.