National Defence Bureau,
New Delhi, 01 February 2020
The NCC Cadets of North eastern region Directorate were given a rousing welcome at Kamakhya Railway Station on their return from RDC Campas they reached Guwahati after a resounding performance at Republic Day Camp where they were crowned undisputed RDC champions. The environment ofKamakhya railway station was ignited as they alighted from NE Express and slogans of “WELCOME BACK RDC CHAMPIONS” reverberated the air of Guwahati. Truly living upto the NCC motto of Unity and Discipline, the North Eastern Region Directorate NCC Cadets stood together in their victory marchleading them to the “NUMERO UNO” slot for the first time ever in the epoch making history of North East Region. It was truly a glorious chapter unfolding in the Annals of history as the cadets stole the limelight in Republic day Camp by bagging trophies in the PM’s rally, Guard of Honour, Flag Area and National Integration Awareness presentation(NIAP).
Ably led by Col Jatinder Singh,SC, the cadets who rose to the occasion to make this improbable achievement possible included CdtPathaw who was adjudged as the Best stick orderly, Cdt Abhishek Pandey who was declared Best Guard Commander of the PM’s rallybesidesCdt Subrata beingawarded second Best MC apart fromCdt Raj Chetri who was adjudged runners up in Best Cadet Competition. In the equestrian events, SUO Dickjyoti won bronze medal in dressage veterans, Sgt Keerthi was runners up in dressage novice apart from Cdt Angad Singh who won a commendation medal in dressage novice Boys event. Never before in the history of North east Region NCC that many awards were ever won by any contingent nor was any contingent adjudged best overall in Republic Day Camp out of 17 contingents from all over India. The Cadets from remote and rural areas were groomed, trained and mentored by dedicated instructors from the Army, Navy and Airforce under Brig DB Pany, Chief training Offr and overall leadership of Maj Gen Bipin Bakshi, ADG NCC NER Dte. The Cadets underwent an exacting selection procedure and only 118 of them finally made it to the elusive Republic Day Contingent.
Speaking on the occasion, Brig AK Borah, VSM said that such imposingperformance could only be made possible due to the consistent efforts of NCC Cadets and the vision of Major General Bipin Bakshi, VSM, ADG NCC, NER DTE who galvanised the soul and spirit of NER Directorate to climb the unparallel pinnacles of glory.
A glittering felicitation ceremony for the RDC cadets awaits at Raj Bhawan ahead to honour their dazzling display during Republic Day Camp.
Shailesh Kumar is an independent journalist with over 17 years of experience in crime, political and defence reporting for leading media brands including Star News, India TV and NewsX. He is the founder editor of defence and security news portal, National Defence.