Chandigarh, July 5
National Cadet Corps Director General Lt Gen Gurbirpal Singh on Tuesday said the existing bonus marks for NCC certificate holders in defense recruitment under the Agneepath scheme will continue.
Lt Gen Singh was on a visit to Punjab, Haryana, Himachal Pradesh and Chandigarh Directorate of NCC here along with Additional Director General of NCC Major General Rajeev Chhibber.
When asked whether the cadets would get bonus marks during recruitment under the Agneepath scheme, Lt Gen Singh said, “We already have bonus marks for various certificate holders – ‘A’, ‘B’ and ‘C’ certificate holders.” There are points.”
“Since the bonus scheme already exists for defense recruitment, the same bonus scheme will continue under the Agneepath scheme as well. Many NCC cadets who are certificate holders are likely to become Agniveers,” he said.
Under the Agneepath Defense Recruitment Scheme announced on June 14, there is a provision to recruit youth in the age group of 17-and-a-half to 21 years only for four years, of which 25 per cent is to be retained for another 15 years.
During his visit, the Director General of NCC met Punjab Minister Gurmeet Singh Meet Hare and discussed several issues related to the betterment of the Corps in the State.
He apprised the Minister about the excellent performance of the cadets of Punjab, who have brought laurels to the state.
He assured the Punjab minister that the youth of the state would be given more attention by the NCC. In return the minister promised all possible help to the DG to take forward the NCC in Punjab.
When asked by journalists about the purpose of his visit, the DG said, “I am on a two-day visit to the Directorate of Punjab, Haryana, Himachal and Chandigarh. This Directorate is one of the most important and largest Directorates of NCC. We have more than 1.5 lakh cadets and we have all kinds of NCC units here – Army units, Air Force units, Navy units.”
Lt Gen Singh told PTI, “I am very happy to see that all types of training have started in physical form (after the first disruption due to Covid) and cadets are attending all the camps.”
“We also have an inter-directorate firing competition, which is here at the range where cadets from all the directorates are participating,” he said.
When asked what changes have been brought in the training of the cadets, he said, “We have made major changes in the training. Apart from this, COVID has taught us a lot. A lot of our training has gone online and we have introduced training material. has been put in it.” Variety of videos that the cadets could watch at any time. So, we have really moderated our training based on the need of the hour. As the situation has improved, we are back in the physical form (of training).” He added that another major thing that has been introduced is the inclusion of simulators.
“We have firing simulators, we have rowing, flying simulators which have been extensively inducted, which will improve the training standards of the cadets. For example, before a cadet goes for actual firing at the range, he Firing a simulator, sees what the problems are, what mistakes it is making, corrects and corrects them,” he said.
Responding to a query, he said, “We give cadets every kind of exposure from basic training, what they do, we do various adventure training, attachment training. We recently finished a camp in Srinagar, Where our cadets from all over the country gathered for 12 days. They get different avenues and it helps them to become better citizens of the country.”