MANGALDAI: "It is indeed a proud privilege for me to take over the charge of Additional Director General (ADG) of National Cadet Corps (NCC), North East Region with its Regional Directorate in Shillong. It comes with a lot of responsibility and I accept it with all humility. It is also a great opportunity to connect and engage with the youth of this region and it will be my constant endeavour to empower them so that they are able to realize their aspirations and become ideal citizens of our country," said Major General Ananta Bhuyan while talking to The Sentinel over phone.
'Sena Medal' recipient Major General Bhuyan assumed charge as ADG of NCC, NER on August 6. Prior to his joining in Shillong, Major General Bhuyan was the Additional Director General of Rashtriya Rifles in Delhi and in Kashmir valley. Earlier during the critical periods he commanded a Brigade in Tezpur area and later commanded the Dah Division at Dinjan as the General Officer Commanding.
Talking to The Sentinel, he intended to share his vision to pursue excellence and effectiveness in all members of NCC, which are in synchronization with the vision circulated by the Prime Minister, the Defence Minister and the Director General of NCC. "Some of the deliverables identified for the next year which require proactive persuasion by all the stakeholders are the implementation of the expansion plan of NCC in the border areas and Tehsils. As part of pan India expansion of NCC strength by one lakh, 21,582 additional vacancies have been allotted to the NE Region which translate to 22 per cent of the total expansion. A total of 19 NCC units of the north-eastern region have been earmarked for the said expansion and it is envisaged that the students in the border areas, once brought into the mainstream by joining the NCC, will become responsible citizens of the country who will be able to contribute better towards the society," he said.
According to ADG of NCC Major General Bhuyan, other important key areas which would remain as priority would be training and grooming the cadets to become self-reliant, disciplined and confident individuals, providing exposure to cadets in national and international level community development programmes, participation in various skill development activities run at national and State-level and to generate enhanced synergy between various youth agencies in NER, namely NYK and NSS to ensure better impact on ground.
"In this trying time of the pandemic and to keep adapting ourselves with the new normal, we will need to constantly innovate the mode of training leveraging technology. Establishment of training academy for the NCC cadets in all the north-eastern States will be pursued with renewed vigour while we will also aim to increase flying and naval activities in all Air and Naval units under the NER Directorate," said the ADG of NCC, Major General Bhuyan. He also said that the NER Directorate of NCC would adopt a proactive approach and interact closely with the State governments to work collectively for the welfare of the cadets. At present, the NER Directorate of NCC has a strength of 100 officers, 507 combatants and 83,076 cadets having presence in 1,179 schools and colleges.