Nitesh Kumar Sahoo

Union Defence minister Rajnath Singh on Saturday addressed the NCC cadets and officers at Cariappa Parade Ground in New Delhi. Singh appreciated the NCC cadets for their exemplary performance and devotion to duty.

Ahead of the 74th Republic Day, selected NCC cadets from different states, including Odisha, have arrived in Delhi. The selected NCC cadets were honored by Singh with commendation cards for showing bravery, transparency, and social work. 

The heart-winning performance of the musical band at the event was applauded. The parade ground echoed with the music of several patriotic songs, especially, ‘Kadam Kadam Badhaye Ja’, which won everyone’s heart.

During his address, Singh exhorted the cadets to identify new ways and strive to help the nation move forward on the path of development at a faster pace. Further, he also urged them to stay connected with the country’s age-old values and traditions and work in the field of their choice with humility.

“After seeing each one of you, I can say with confidence that the best quality that is developed in the cadets after joining NCC is team spirit which will certainly help in developing a rounded personality. This has amplified the qualities of a leader, soldier, artist, and above all, a good human, within you,” said Singh.

Captain Pratap Keshari Harichandan of Odisha Directorate was awarded the Raksha Mantri Commendation Card for conducting a cleaning drive at Puri beach. 

NCC cadets from Odisha said, “Our sole target is to perform the best so that Odisha will get distinguished from others. Till now, we are performing in the best way and we have two more events. We aim to give our best effort so that Odisha emerges victorious.”