With the improvement in Security Situation in the Kashmir Valley, the Indian Navy has revived the Naval training for NCC cadets after a gap of 33 years. On the Manasbal Lake in central Kashmir’s Ganderbal district, over 100 cadets of the National Cadet Corps attended Naval training. The first training activity for 100 senior NCC cadets, boys and girls, from all districts of UT has been organised. The camp will be running till 26 September and prepare the cadets for the forthcoming National level NCC camp at Visakhapatnam, Andhra Pradesh commencing on 02 Oct.
”I think it’s a great momentous occasion that after a gap of 33 years, the NCC cadets of Kashmir region are fortunate to be part of this camp today which has started, which will help them train in the naval training activities very close to their homes. Before this, they had to go to Jammu. In the late 1980s security situation dropped and we had to shift our training areas. And now with restarting this manasbal naval training, I am sure the NCC training in the valley will get a great flip.” Brigadier K S Kalsi, Group commander NCC Cadets.
The main reason for these cadets to volunteer for the training camps is to join the Indian armed forces like Army, Navy and Airforce. ”It’s a great opportunity for us to be a part of this camp. Due to security reasons, these camps were not held in the Kashmir valley but now have been restarted and we get to learn a lot. I want to join the Indian Navy and that’s why I have joined the cadets. ” said Kiran Chaudhary, NCC Cadet.
In the last three decades, the training was mostly provided to these cadets at Nagrota and Mansar lake of Jammu region due to the terrorist activities. This had caused huge inconvenience to the cadets from Kashmir Valley.