ITANAGAR: Additional Director General of NCC (NE Region) Maj. Gen. Ananta Bhuyan has called for the establishment of NCC (National Cadet Corps) group headquarters (HQs) in Arunachal for the NCC units of the State. He made this suggestion to Chief Minister Pema Khandu during a meeting at the CM's office at the Secretariat here on Wednesday.
Maj. Gen. Bhuyan informed that though there are eight group headquarters in the north-eastern region, there is none in Arunachal Pradesh. All units of the State are under either the group headquarters in Tezpur or Dibrugarh.
"As Arunachal Pradesh is a strategically important State and its youths have immense potential, an independent group headquarter headed by a brigadier within the State will be a major boost to the NCC activities," he observed.
The ADG also informed that an NCC Academy is in the pipeline for the State at Balijan in Papum Pare district.
"The Academy could not take off due to the COVID-19. Now that the pandemic is under control, the project will start soon," he said.
Giving examples of other States, Maj. Gen. Bhuyan suggested that the State government may introduce awards for the cadets who excel in NCC activities. "This will boost their morale," he said, further suggesting that job incentives may be given to cadets holding various NCC certificates.
"As there are incentives for certificate holding cadets in defence recruitments, relaxations may be given for recruitment specially in the State police force as well. This would not only encourage the youths to join the NCC but also give trained manpower to the State Police force," he pointed out.
The Chief Minister endorsed the suggestions and informed that the State government has already directed the nodal department to chalk out a detailed policy for recruitment of trained NCC cadets in government jobs. On introduction of awards for cadets, he assured that the government will soon work out a plan to do so.
The ADG, who will be visiting the Itanagar NCC unit here on Thursday, added that Arunachal Pradesh is on top priority with regards to countrywide expansion of NCC.
There are three battalions of NCC in the State. Two are in Itanagar and Tawang while the one in Pasighat is under an independent command, informed an official comminique.