2nd Mizoram Battalion NCC, Lunglei was inaugurated today by Pu Lal Thanhawla, the Hon'ble Chief Minister of Mizoram at Electric Veng, Lunglei.
In his inaugural speech, the Chief Minister expressed his gratitude to the senior offciers in charge of NCC in North East India for their undertaking. He encouraged the youths of Mizoram to take interest in being NCC cadets as this was a positive step towards self-discipline, nation building and being good citizens as well as a good foundation for career building.
NCC is a uniformed youth organisation and has enormous potential for nation building. The NCC provides opportunities to the youth of the country for their all-round development with a sense of duty, commitment, dedication, discipline and moral values so that they become able leaders and useful citizens. The NCC provides exposure to the cadets in a wide range of activities, with a distinct emphasis on Social Services, Discipline and Adventure Training.
There was limited NCC coverage in South Mizoram and Chief Minister Pu Lal Thanhawla took up a case with the Govt. of India to raise a NCC Battalion to cover South Mizoram. Accordingly, Govt. of India issued orders for raising of 2 Mizoram Battalion NCC at Lunglei. Mizoram Bn. NCC will have a strength of 1,120 Senior NCC Cadets and 2,400 Junior NCC Cadets - a total strength of 3,520 NCC Cadets. The Battalion will cover not only Lunglei district but the entire South Mizoram, ie., four districts of Lunglei, Saiha, Lawngtlai and Serchhip.
The present strength of NCC Cadets in Mizoram is 5,218. Post raising of 2 Mizoram Battalion NCC, the total strength of NCC Cadets in Mizoram will increase substantially to 8,738. The Battalion will be raised in a phased manner over a period of three years for Senior Cadets (SD/SW) and two years for Junior Cadets (JD/JW).
Among the dignitaries present at the event were Minister Pu Joseph Lalhimpuia, MLA Lunglei East, Minister Pu PC Lalthanliana, MLA Lunglei North, Dr. Ankita Chakravarty (IAS), DC, Col KS Dhindsa, CO 1 Mizo Battalion NCC Aizawl, Lt. Col Clement Lalhmingthanga and Pu Zothanmawia, Director Sports & Youth Services, Govt of Mizoram. The Battalion will function under NCC Directorate North Eastern Region, Shillong headed by Maj. Gen Raju Chauhan, Additional Director General.
In a message, Maj Gen Raju Chauhan, Additional Director General, NCC Directorate North Eastern Region, Shillong said, “The raising will enable better inclusion and representation of South Mizoram districts in Local, National and International level NCC events and activities. In addition, the State will have a ready pool of disciplined, socially sensitive and highly motivated youths, ie., 8,738 NCC Cadets at any given time. The Battalion will also provide an ideal launching pad to the youth in South Mizoram to ultimately join the Indian Armed Forces."
Along with the inauguration of 2 Mizoram Battalion NCC, the Chief Minister also laid the foundation stone for construction of Agri-Marketing & Training Infrastructure under the Commerce and Industries Department and inaugurated the Skill Development Training Centre.
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