National Cadet Corps Republic Day Camp 2023 is all set to witness the participation of foreign cadets from 19 countries as a part of the Youth Exchange Programme. The nearly month-long Republic Day Camp (RDC) commenced at Cariappa Parade Ground in Delhi Cantt on January 2, 2023, and was formally inaugurated by Vice President Jagdeep Dhankhar today (Jan 7).
This year’s RDC will reportedly see the highest-ever foreign cadets’ participation. The 19 foreign nation participants include USA, UK, Argentina, Brazil, Mongolia, Russia, Kyrgyz Republic, Kazakhstan, Tajikistan, Uzbekistan, Nepal, Vietnam, Maldives, Mozambique, Mauritius, Seychelles, Sudan, New Zealand and Fiji.
Apart from the foreign cadet, a total of 2,155 cadets including 710 girls from all 28 States and 8 Union Territories are participating in the RDC Camp. The camp is also seeing the participation of 114 cadets from Jammu and Kashmir and 120 cadets from the northeastern region. With inclusive participation of cadets from all the states and UTs, the camp will portray a ‘ Mini India’.
Speaking to the media, DG NCC Lt Gen Gurbirpal Singh said that Cadets attending the camp would participate in a number of activities like Cultural Competitions, National Integration Awareness Programmes and various Institutional Training Competitions. The DG NCC also mentioned that the NCC RDC would culminate on the evening of January 18 with the Prime Minister’s Rally.
Selection of Cadets for RDC
The RDC cadets were chosen after several rounds of rigorous screening at the Group and Directorate levels over the last year. Each selected candidate has undergone four to five rounds of screening before finally making it to the RDC 2023.
Achievements of NCC in 2022
While interacting with media, DG NCC Lt Gen Gurbirpal Singh also shed light on NCC’s achievements in 2022. He praised cadets’ participation in various initiatives such as the Puneet Sagar Abhiyan, Saheedon Ko Shat Shat Naman, International Yoga Day, Har Ghar Tiranga, and the Unity Flame Run.
The NCC’s young Cadets took part in the Puneet Sagar Abhiyaan and popularised it throughout India by mobilising local people to participate in this noble event of water body cleansing. Approximately 13.5 lakh NCC cadets have participated in the project to date, with nearly 208 tonnes of plastic waste collected, 167 tonnes of which were recycled.
Lt. Gen. Gurbirpal Singh also mentioned Ek Bharat Shreshtha Bharat – Independence Day Camp (EBSB-IDC) that was organised by NCC from July 31 to August 16, 2022, as part of the 75th Independence Day Celebrations at the Red Fort. The camp was an opportunity for the cadets, who hailed from each district of the country, to witness the Independence Day events and also to showcase the cultural diversity of India.