NCC units in disturbed areas of J&K, NE

New Delhi: Defence Ministry has approved opening of NCC units in disturbed areas of Jammu and Kashmir and Northeast as well as Naxal-affected districts of Orissa, West Bengal, Chhattisgarh and Jharkhand to prevent youths from straying into anti-national activities.

"The Phase-I of the plan has begun and we have already raised some units in these areas. More such units will be opened this year," Director General of NCC Lieutenant General P S Bhalla said here on Thursday.

"We are raising 60 new units and 60 percent of these units will be allocated to the rural areas. In the rural areas, around 50-60 per cent of units will go into Jammu & Kashmir, Northeast region and the Maoist affected districts."

Bhalla was interacting with reporters on the occasion of annual NCC Republic Day Parade Camp at the Parade Ground.

A total of 2,000 NCC cadets from 17 directorates spread across the country are participating in the camp this year. These include 102 cadets from J&K and 112 cadets from Northeast.

On plans to open new units to enroll students in disturbed areas, he said, in phase-I of this programme seven units have been raised in various places in J&K, North-East and Naxal affected areas and around 20 more units would be opened this year.

"So far, one NCC unit has been opened in J&K and Mizoram. Two units have come up in Orissa and one each in Chhattisgarh and Jharkhand," the DG said.

"Opening of new units will depend on the support we get from the states, because the infrastructure and the funding of any unit is the responsibility of state governments," he said.