Odisha, being a major Coastal State, it has decided to scale up NCC in a big way in Coastal Zones, thanks to Central Plan for expansion of NCC Scheme.
With Defence Minister Rajnath Singh approving a proposal of the National Cadet Corps (NCC) for a major expansion scheme; move is on enlist young boys and girls in Coastal districts.
Defence Secretary Ajay Kumar is in touch with the State Government in this regard.
State Government has been requested to advise the District Collectors to identify the Educational Institutions, where the Scheme can be implemented.
Ministry of Defence is also written to District Collectors to implement the Central Program, officials say.
Coastal districts will get priority as both border and coastal states have been included in the list.
While there are 55,679 Cadets out of which 11485 are girls from in 847 Institutions in the State, expansion of NCC has been planned in Coastal Districts, officials admit.
The proposals of the scheme were announced by the Prime Minister Narendra Modi in his Independence Day address on 15 August.
A total of one lakh cadets from 173 border and coastal districts will be inducted in the NCC. One-third of the Cadets would be girl Cadets.
More than 1000 schools and colleges have been identified in border and coastal districts where NCC will be introduced.
As part of the expansion plan, a total of 83 NCC units will be upgraded (Army 53, Navy 20, Air Force 10), to impart NCC training to the cadets in the border and coastal areas.
Army will provide training and administrative support to the NCC units located in the border areas, Navy shall provide support to NCC units in the coastal areas and similarly Air Force will provide support to the NCC units located close to the Air Force stations.
This will not only provide exposure to the youth of the border and coastal areas to military training and disciplined way of life but will also motivate them to join the armed forces.
The NCC expansion plan will be implemented in partnership with the States.
NCC Directorate in Odisha is located at Bhubaneswr and headed by DDG who is a Commodore rank Officer from Indian Navy.
The Directorate has three groups and 28 Battalions. It has cadets from Army, Navy and Air Force consist of both Junior and Senior boys and girls.