Address by Shri M. Venkaiah Naidu, Honourable Vice President of India at the inaugural ceremony of the National Cadet Corps (NCC) Republic Day Camp, 2019 in New Delhi on January 07, 2019.

New Delhi | January 7, 2019

It gives me immense pleasure to be here at the Republic Day Camp of the National Cadet Corps. At the outset, I wish you and your families a very happy and prosperous 2019.

I am happy to see the bright and young faces of our youth, smartly turned out and beaming with confidence.

The National Cadet Corps is the largest uniformed youth organisation in the world and its training since inception has played a vital role in inculcating the qualities of discipline, leadership, camaraderie, team spirit, adventure and national integration, thereby leading to the holistic development of the Nation’s youth.

The ambience of this Camp fosters the feeling of unity and patriotism. This Camp will be a memorable motivating and learning experience for each one of you. It should be your endeavour to participate in all activities conducted at the Camp with sincerity and commitment.

It will give you an opportunity to interact with cadets, not only from other parts of the country, but also from friendly foreign countries, who will be arriving during the course of this Camp.

This will be a unique opportunity not only to understand your country better, but also to widen your horizon and foster lasting friendship with fellow cadets from other nations.

This Camp highlights the essence of universal brotherhood, transcending through national and international boundaries.

All human societies have their own typical challenges and so does our country.

Your contribution in times of crisis and natural disasters like earthquakes, cyclones, floods, etc has been recognized and commended by the Nation. Efforts towards community development and social upliftment are noteworthy.

NCC Cadets are involved in educating the masses about the Swachh Bharat Abhiyaan, AIDS Awareness, Adult Education, Anti Dowry, Anti Leprosy, Drug Menace, Vigilance Awareness, Pollution and Anti corruption issues, which have been appreciated by one and all.

These efforts will definitely improve the social fabric and I have full faith that your hard work will bear fruits in the near future.

The National Cadet Corps is a shining example of National Integration and Secularism and you are the pillars of our Nation. It was heartening to learn that the NCC cadets have been participating in large numbers in all Government driven Social Programmes.

It is a matter of deep satisfaction that you have excelled in all walks of life. The encouraging performance of NCC cadets in the field of sports, especially shooting, is a sure sign of the bright future of our sports in the years ahead. I am sure NCC will continue to groom ever better sports persons who will do our country proud.

Today, I urge you all to continue with this hard work and always carry out the tasks entrusted with dedication and distinction.

I am deeply impressed by your turnout and smart drill and I congratulate you all for the same.

It is indeed heartening and my pleasure to inaugurate the Annual National Cadet Corps Republic Day Camp 2019