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NCC Ex-Cadet Association asks for equal funding pattern

DIMAPUR, JUN 11 | Publish Date: 6/11/2019 12:05:00 PM IST

The National Cadet Corps (NCC) Ex-Cadet Association has brought to the notice of the Ministry of defence that private institutes in the Northeast and Sikkim are finding it difficult to carry out NCC activities as they are not entitled to receive full fundin while the Government instituted are entitled for full funding. 

In a letter to the Defence Minister, the president of NCC Ex-Cadet Association,  Milind Kapade recalled  the letter from HQ DG National Cadet Corps in October 2018 stating that all costs of institutional training and expenditure during camps ; honorarium to instituted NCC officers, refreshment allowance to cadets, TA/DA, expenditure during camps etc are to be borne by the institute, while Government institutes are entitled to National Cadet Corps central funding for institutional training, honorarium, and expenditure during camps.
Asking for full funding of National Cadet Corps activities in Jammu and Kashmi, NE and Sikkim, the NCC National Cadet Corps (NCC) Ex-Cadet Association president reminded the Defence Minister of the NCC Act and Rules, 1948 which entails that it does not make any distinction between government and private institutions. 
Kapade stated that as per the Act, any modification to the National Cadet Corps rules has to be passed by both houses also the parliament. 
He further stated that “NCC Act and Rules has authorized various pay and allowances to Associate NCC Officers and cadets, adding that in Jammu and Kashmir, North-eastern region, and Sikkim, since the centre has to bear 100 percent cost of all National Cadet Corps activities, logically speaking, private schools and colleges should be funded by Central funds.”
The letter by Milind Kapade further contended that “if private schools and colleges across the country are funding their National Cadet Corps activities, the question arises as to how they can be under the NCC Act and Rules,” adding that, “ they will be a private organization of the school or college.”
Kapade  stated in his letter, “ National Cadet Corps is a part of Ministry of Defence and thereby every commissioned Associate National Cadet Corps Officer/Chief Technology Officer and enrolled cadet is a part of MOD and comes under the NCC Act and Rules, hence  the question which arises is- how can a government organization  or a part of it be privately funded, this seems to be an anomaly.”
 Milind Kapade requested the Ministry of Defence to consider “equal funding pattern for all National Cadet Corps Associate NCC Officer/Chief Technology Officers and cadets irrespective of whether they are government or private institutes as they are equal citizens under the same National Cadet Corps Act.” 
The funding should be more so for Jammu and Kashmir and Sikkim where the funding is 100 percent for reasons of “being backward and infested with insurgency”, Kapade added.
Kapade also pointed out cadres are currently only given 50 percent of the expenditure on National Cadet Corps cadre uniform cloth and stitching allowing and requested the Ministry of the Defence to look into the matter. 
Underlining the importance of National Cadet Corps cadres in the Northeast, Kapade said that National Cadet Corps in the region is highly nationalistic, even in militancy affected region, adding that National Cadet Corps at the grass root levels will affect a large segment of the society and go a long way in nation building. 
 

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