GUWAHATI: In a jubilant gathering at Brahmaputra Hall, Narangi Army Cantonment, the 76th National Cadet Corps (NCC) Day was fervently celebrated under the auspices of the NCC North East Directorate. The highlight of this grand event was the closing ceremony of the NCC North-Eastern Maruti Jimny Car Rally, a remarkable journey that commenced on November 6 in commemoration of the NCC's 75th anniversary.
The ceremony, graced by Assam's Minister for Public Health Engineering, Skill, Employment, and Entrepreneurship, and Tourism, Jayanta Mallabarua, saw the flagging in of the NCC Car Rally. Alongside Minister Mallabarua, GOC-in-C, Eastern Command Lt. Gen. Rana Pratap Kalita, CEO (Marketing) of Maruti Suzuki India Ltd Ram Suresh Akella, and various military and civilian dignitaries added their presence to the occasion.
Minister Mallabarua, a former NCC cadet, extended warm wishes for NCC Day and emphasized the enduring impact of NCC discipline and patriotism in his career. He urged all to contribute responsibly to India's progress, highlighting that the NCC is not just an organization but a way of life. Lt. Gen. Rana Pratap Kalita emphasized the indispensability of hard work and dedication in his wishes for NCC Day.
The event encapsulated the spirit of unity and discipline, core values of the NCC, with a collective rendition of the NCC song enhancing the celebratory atmosphere. Major General Gagan Deep, ADG NCC North East Region Directorate, in his vote of thanks, stressed the importance of aligning all NCC activities with the motto 'Unity and Discipline.' A cultural program followed, enriching the festivities.
A noteworthy aspect of the celebration was the NCC Car Rally, where a team of NCC officers and 76 cadets covered approximately 4,000 km across several North East states. The rally, involving seven Maruti Suzuki Jimny and five Grand Vitara SUVs, served as a cultural exchange platform, engaging with over 20,000 students from more than 200 schools and 140 colleges.
The journey facilitated interaction with people from diverse backgrounds, conveying messages of cultural and social heritage. Senior officers and NCC representatives along the route blessed the enthusiastic cadets, inspiring them to uphold leadership and congenial values. The consensus among all was that the celebration effectively conveyed a powerful message of unity and discipline, resonating throughout the Northeast.