Modi presents the PM Banner to Maj Gen Y P Khanduri, ADG, NCC Directorate, Maharashtra: Trophy won after 7 years
Geetanjali Minhas | January 28, 2022 | Mumbai
For NCC, the Republic Day Celebrations (‘RDC’) this year – in the year of ‘Azadi Ka Amrit Mahotsav’ and ‘Swarnim Vijay Varsh culminated’ –with the PM’s rally at Carriappa Parade Ground at Delhi Cantt on Friday.
Cadets from 17 NCC directorates from across states participated in the month-long RDC camp this year. The month-long camp had cadets consistently giving their best performance in various competitions like drill, Rajpath marching, Guard of Honor to PM, PM’s Rally line layout, flag area briefing and cultural event.
The prestigious PM Banner was won by the Maharashtra state directorate after seven years since 2014 when it won the banner last.
The Maharashtra NCC directorate fielded a contingent of 57 cadets both boys and girls drawn from various districts of the state was adjudged the Best Directorate.
Prime minister Narendra Modi presented the prestigious PM banner to Maj Gen Y P Khanduri, ADG, NCC Directorate, Maharashtra. SUO Siddhesh Jadhav was the banner bearer and cadet Captain Nikita Khot was the Trophy bearer.
The NCC Group Pune was responsible for selection and training officers, PI Staff and cadets. The contingent toiled day and night for over two months in preparations for the RDC till 18 Dec 2021.The contribution of Pune Group included fielding 9 out of the 10 firers of the team who won 9 medals and not to forget training of the team. With this back to back victory there is right environment in the state for the students to feel motivated to perform well and strive to join the NCC and thereafter the Indian Armed Forces.
In October 2021 the shooting team Maharashtra Directorate had won the coveted Inter Directorate Shooting Championship.
Brigadier R K Gaikwad, Commander NCC Group Pune, complimented the contingent led by Lt Col Anirudh Sinh, and assisted by Major Arusha Shete and S/O Manoj Phirange and the cadets for their outstanding performance.
“It is a matter of great pride and honor for all the citizens of the Maharashtra state. The Cadets made us all proud,” he said.
“The professional ethics and values of Armed Forces are closely linked with the values of society from which it draws its people,” he said and praised the parents for permitting their wards to participate in the camp despite the Covid outbreak of Omicron variant.
“Society had an equal hand in fostering the competitive spirit and fighting values that were imbibed by the cadets. Having been made responsible for training of the Directorate contingent, the group toiled tirelessly and is proud of the fact that in the journey from start to the banner there have been no Covid positive cases amongst the contingent members. A methodically strategized training curriculum has achieved us the results” he said.
Despite the prevailing Covid 19 situation, NCC has achieved many milestones like training of NCC cadets despite Covid restrictions, the launch of NCC Training App Ver 20 to enhance online training of NCC cadets, induction of simulators for .22 mm rifle firing, towing training for Naval cadets and flying training in microlight aircraft, conducting Ek Bharat Shreshtha Bharat camps attended by more than 23,000 NCC cadets, launch of NCC alumni association and registration of its first member by the Prime Minister, expansion of one lakh NCC cadets in border and coastal areas of the country, cumulative employment of more than 1.6 Lakh cadets and 24,000 staff pan India as ‘Covid warriors’ to assist civil administration through exercise Yogdan, online participation of over 12 lakh NCC cadets and their family members on the International Day of Yoga, adoption and spreading nationwide awareness of 825 statues of national heroes, participation of over 3lakh NCC cadets in Puneet Sagar Abhiyan and felicitation of 75 war heroes of 1971 Indo Pak War at 75 Locations under Vijay Shrankhla Programme.
Additionally, in the All India GV Mavalankar Shooting Championship, NCC cadets won 04 Gold, 04 Silver and 02 Bronze medals and NCC junior girls team won 27th Jawaharlal Nehru Hockey Tournament.
SERVICE / SD (Boys) / SW (Girls) / TOTAL
ARMY 24 / 16 / 40
AIR 5 / 4 / 9
NAVY 5 / 3 / 8
TOTAL 34 / 23 / 57
The Rajpath directorate fielded 10 SD + 08 SW of which 17 were selected (09 of SD, 08 SW) in a str of 100, selected from 306 cadets all over India.
Right Marker - SUO Samruddhi Kadam
57 cadets have been selected from 238 cadets. 14 (08 SD + 06SW) cadets were fielded.
07 (06 SD + 1SW) selected.
Pune 03 SD Nagpur 01 SD Mumbai B 02 SD MVT 01 SW
Parade CDR - SUO Gitesh Dingar 36 BN
PL CDR - CWO R Rathore Pune 3AIR
PL CDR -SUO Sonalee Vikas Patil Amaravati 18 BN
44 OUT OF 57 to participate.
PC -SUO Vinayak Naik Navare Pune 38 BN Solapur
Flag Bearer - SUO Sumit Salunkhe Kolhapur 22 BN
Right Marker - SUO Sanket Yadav Pune 2 BN
CWO – Prithvi Patil (First Best Cadet)
CSUO – Shantanu Misal (Fourth Best Cadet)
Deputy chief minister Ajit Pawar congratulated the students of NCC Squad and NCC officials of Maharashtra for their outstanding performance in this year's Republic Day celebrations.
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