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Situation improving: Raju

Union minister of State for defence, M. M. Pallam Raju, power minister, Doshehe Y. Sema and DG NCC Lt Gen. R. K. Karwal seen along with NCC cadets at the IG Stadium, Kohima on Sunday. (NP)
Staff Reporter/Correspondent DIMAPUR/KOHIMA, DEC 6 (NPN):
Published on 7 Dec. 2009 1:17 AM IST
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Union minister of state for defence, M. Mangapati Pallam Raju said that the over all situation in Nagaland was improving and that the level of insurgency has also decreased to a great extent. He said that such peaceful atmosphere would give way for more development especially in infrastructural sector. Interacting with media persons at Dimapur Airport Sunday before his departure to Delhi after a two-day visit to the state, Raju urged all sections of the people to foster the spirit of peaceful co-existence as development required peaceful atmosphere. Regarding the road condition between Dimapur and Kohima, the minister said the Border Roads Organisation(BRO) had assured him at the meeting held in Kohima, that they would provide quality road by March end. Raju also assured he would personally visit the state to oversee the road condition during his next visit. The minister also expressed happiness with the progress taking place at the Sainik School, Punglwa. The minister said the intake of students from 24 Sainik schools into the National Defence Academy was increasing and last year the figure was 207. He disclosed that the Centre has also proposed to open a Sainik school in Sikkim besides setting up of a special NCC directorate for Nagaland and Arunachal Pradesh. The minister expressed satisfaction with his visit to the state and disclosed he held a good interaction with chief minister, Neiphiu Rio and Governor of Nagaland, Nikhil Kumar on Saturday evening at Raj Bhavan during the pre-Christmas celebration. The minister thanked the state government for the hospitality extended to him. NCC reorientation Earlier, in Kohima, addressing the ongoing Special National Integration Camp for senior division and senior wing National Cadets Corps (NCC) boys and girls being held at the Multi-purpose Hall, IG Stadium Kohima, Raju said the Centre was contemplating a comprehensive reorientation and expansion of NCC in view of the changing scenario in the country. ‘’As India is endeavouring to transform itself from a developing nation into a developed one, there is a need to improve orientation of this youth movement,’’ he said. Raju said though the government wanted to expand the present strength of the cadets and to expose them to various new activities, shortage of instructors was a problem. Stating that about 13 lakh NCC cadets in the country were contributing towards the nation building, Raju encouraged the cadets to join the armed force as the country needed young and bright youth to lead the Indian Army. An NCC alumni himself, Raju said that the activities of the NCC have a direct bearing on society and urged the cadets attending the integration camp from across country to attend more such camps so that they could exchange perceptions also acquaint themselves about the people, culture and geographical conditions. The minister also informed that about 100 NCC cadres would being a walkathon throughout the country to tighten the bond of national integrity among the people. Raju, who admitted that the North East was a “little away” from the mainland India and “not well connected” said the government was trying to create more infrastructure in the region. Later, the union minister of state interacted with the cadets. Earlier, on his arrival at the camp, the minister was received by Director General, NCC Lt. Gen. R. K. Karwal and rank and file. Nagaland planning minister, T. R. Zeliang and power minister Doshehe Y. Sema and home commissioner, Mhathung Kithan were also present. The union minister then took the salute as the ceremonial guard of honour was presented by the Senior Division NCC Cadets. Gen. R. K. Karwal in his address, disclosed that the NCC was in the process of doubling the exchange programmes under which 100 selected cadets were sent out to foreign countries for exposure annually. He informed that the NCC would be made IT savvy and Computer training would be provided to the NCC cadets and also introduce a human value package in the syllabus. Gen.Karwal said the directorate was now planning to reach out to the alumni of NCC and double the number of students from present 12,000 in adventure activities. Around 700 cadets from across the country representing all the 16 NCC Directorates took part in the Special National Integration Camp. The cadets also had the opportunity to visit the ongoing Hornbill Festival and the Kohima War Cemetery.

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