NEW DELHI: Appreciating the steps being taken to open the doors of the defence establishments for girls and women, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said on Friday India needs their contribution.
The Prime Minister said there are ample opportunities for women, highlighting that they are taking admission in Sainik Schools, and are getting major responsibilities in the army.
"The daughters of the country are flying fighter planes in the Air Force," said the Prime Minister during his address at the National Cadet Corps (NCC) Rally at the Cariappa Ground in the national capital.
The Prime Minister also said it should be the government's endeavour to include "more and more daughters" in the NCC.
The Prime Minister inspected the Guard of Honour, reviewed March Past by NCC contingents and also witnessed the NCC cadets displaying their skills in army action, slithering, microlight flying, parasailing as well as cultural programmes.
The best cadets also received medals and batons from the Prime Minister.
The Prime Minister noted a different level of enthusiasm in the celebrations as the country is marking the Azadi ka Amrit Mahotsav.
He remembered with pride his NCC connection and credited his training as an NCC cadet for giving him the strength to carry out his responsibilities towards the nation.
He also paid tributes to Lala Lajpat Rai and Field Marshal K.M. Cariappa for their contribution to nation-building. "Both the brave sons of India have their Jayanti today."
Modi talked about the steps being taken to strengthen the NCC in the country in a period when the country is moving forward with new resolutions. For this, a high-level review committee has been set up in the country. In the last two years, 1 lakh new cadets have been created in the border areas of the country, he said.
He elaborated on the steps being taken to open the doors of the defence establishments for girls and women.
He noted the presence of a large number of the girl cadets and termed it to be a symbol of changing attitude of the nation.
Noting the young profile of the cadets, who are mostly born in this century, the Prime Minister underlined their role in taking the country towards 2047.
"Your efforts and resolve and the fulfilment of those resolutions will be the achievement and success of India," he said.
He said no power of the world can stop the country whose youth starts moving ahead with the thinking of nation first. India's success in the playfield and the startup ecosphere exemplify this very clearly, the Prime Minister said. In the Amrit Kaal i.e. from today to the next 25 years, the Prime Minister urged the cadets to combine their aspirations and actions with the development and expectations of the country.
Modi also underlined the major role that today's youngsters can play in the 'vocal for local' campaign. "If today's youth resolves to use only those goods that have been created with the labour and sweat of an Indian, India's destiny can be transformed," he emphasized.
He remarked, "today, on the one hand, there are good possibilities related to digital technology and information, on the other hand, there are dangers of misinformation".
He stressed that it is also necessary that the common man of our country not fall prey to any rumour. He proposed that NCC cadets run an awareness campaign for this.
He further said that drugs should not reach the school/college where there is NCC or NSS. He advised the cadets to be free from drugs, and at the same time keep their campus free from drugs. "Help the friends who are not in NCC-NSS to give up this bad habit too," he stressed. (IANS)