New Delhi: At least 5,000 NCC cadets will be
trained as volunteers to participate in various tasks in the
two-week long Commonwealth Games in October this year.
"5,000 cadets will be acting as volunteers during the
games and they will start training for the event from
February," NCC Director General Lt Gen R K Karwal told
reporters at the annual Republic Day Camp here.
Describing the role of NCC cadets during the Games, he
said they would run alongside the `Queen`s baton` wherever it
goes in the country and are likely used for tasks such as
holding placards, medals tray and helping the participants and
tourists to reach event venues during the mega event.
Speaking on other issues including the shortage of
officers and men faced by the NCC for training cadets, Karwal
said, "Defence Ministry has approved the recommendations of a
Study Group, which had suggested recruiting ex-servicemen in
NCC for doing away with shortage of officers and jawans faced
The Study Group was formed by the Defence Ministry to
find ways of fulfilling the shortage of officers and men in
NCC for training cadets and creating infrastructure for the
planned increase of two lakh cadets in the force.
Asked if the number of vacancies for NCC cadets in the
Officers` Training Academy (OTA) will be increased with a new
similar academy coming up at Gaya in Bihar, Karwal said he had
proposed to double the number of vacancies for cadets but
things were not yet finalised.
Talking about increasing the strength of cadets in the
NCC, he said the force was planning to add two lakh cadets to
its present strength of 13 lakh.
The DG, NCC added the percentage of girl cadets would
be increased from 23 per cent to 33 per cent in the next two
Karwal said the number of cadets going for the Youth
Exchange Programme (YEP) with nine friendly-foreign countries
would be doubled from the present hundred this year itself.
On this year`s NCC Republic Day camp, he said 1,950
cadets including both boys and girls were participating in the