- The National Cadet Corps (NCC) is a youth development movement.
- It is a Tri-Services Organisation, comprising the Army, Navy and Air Wing, providing opportunities to the youth of the country for their all-round development with a sense of Duty, Commitment, Dedication, Discipline and Moral Values so that they become able leaders and useful citizens.
- The NCC provides exposure to the cadets in a wide range of activities., with a distinct emphasis on Social Services, Discipline and Adventure Training. The NCC is open to all regular students of schools and colleges on a voluntary basis.
- The NCC came into existence under the National Cadet Corps Act XXXI of 1948.
- The motto of NCC is:“ UNITY AND DISCIPLINE”.
- NCC is headed by the Director General (DG), an Army Officer of the rank of Lieutenant General.
- The NCC operates under the Ministry of Defence.
Why in News?
- Prime Minister Narendra Modi said that to strengthen the security network in the border and coastal areas, the participation of National Cadet Corps is being boosted and the government has made efforts to see that the role of NCC is further expanded.
- On August 15 last year, it was announced that NCC will be given new responsibilities in around 175 districts in the coastal and border areas. For this, around one lakh NCC cadets are being trained by Army, Navy and Air Force. Of these, one-third are girl cadets.
- Mr. Modi also commended the NCC cadets for helping the government amid the COVID-19 pandemic, and hailed their role in floods and other calamities.