Dr. Ajay Kumar, IAS, De fence, Secretary, Govt of India, visited NCC institution of NCC Group Headquarters Vadodara at Surat on 28 December 2021 and also inter acted with Officers, Staff and NCC cadets. On arrival at the venue, the Defence Secretary, was given a “Guard of Honour” by the Guards com prising of girl NCC Cadets.

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The Defence Secretary was welcomed by Brigadier DS Rawat, Group Commander, NCC Group HQ Vadodara. The Defence Secretary then addressed the gathering and spoke about NCC being the largest organization comprising of uniformed, motivated, trained and purposeful youth of India. He mentioned that NCC is a mission for youth movement in the country which is rendering a great service to the nation by inculcating the spirit of secularism, national integration and selfless service. Dr. Ajay Kumar highlighted that NCC, since its inception, has been in the forefront of developing character, leadership, comradeship, discipline, spirit of adventure and ideals of selfless service amongst young citizens of the country and has played a vital role in development of the country’s youth, who represent hope for the future and are an invaluable asset to the Nation.

The Defence Secretary appreciated the yeoman and effortless service to- wards their fellow being done by the cadets of NCC Directorate Gujarat, Dadra Naga Haveli, Daman and Diu, under the able guidance of Major General Arvind Kapoor, Additional Director General during Exercise Yogdan, Swachh Bharat Abhiyan, Azadi ka Amrit Mahotsav, Blood Do nation and spreading awareness about COVID-19 in the twitter campaign #EkMaiSaukeLiye. Recently, #PuneetSagar Ábhiyan and Nadi Utsav Abhiyan were launched and cadets of NCC Directorate Gujarat, Dadra Nagar Haveli, Daman and Diu have played a major part in cleaning beaches and river banks of plastic waste and spreading aware ness about pollution.

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