NCC to deal with cross- bor­der mat­ri­mony in Gu­jarat

DNA Sunday (Mumbai) - - FRONT PAGE - Pradip R Sa­gar @ pradiprsagar

New Delhi: Cross- bor­der mar­riages breed cross- bor­der in­fil­tra­tion. The best way to tackle it? De­ploy the Na­tional Cadet Corps ( NCC)!

It’s for real. Prime min­is­ter Naren­dra Modi’s of­fice plans to raise ad­di­tional NCC units in Gu­jarat, where cross- bor­der mar­riages are on the rise.

The gov­ern­ment plans to en­roll over 2,500 cadets from Gu­jarat to sen­si­tise peo­ple liv­ing in ar­eas.

The pro­posal has al­ready re­ceived the nod from the prime min­is­ter’s of­fice and the min­istry of de­fence and the army plan to raise 10 ad­di­tional NCC units for Gu­jarat alone. At present, the state has 36 units.

“Coastal ar­eas like Rann of Kutch, Bhuj and ar­eas around Dwarka have seen a trend where lot of mar­riages between In­dian and Pak­istani fam­i­lies take place. It’s alarm­ing, be­cause it gives easy ac­cess to for­eign na­tion­als. By en­cour­ag­ing the lo­cal youth to join the NCC, and, sub­se­quently, the armed forces, the gov­ern­ment is us­ing the method as a de­ter­rent,” said a gov­ern­ment of­fi­cial.

Gu­jarat has a poor record when it comes to en­roll­ment in the armed forces.

The Naren­dra Modi gov­ern­ment may widen the plan by in­clud­ing states af­fected by in­sur- gency, ter­ror­ism and nax­al­ism, like Ma­ha­rash­tra and Ch­hat­tis­garh, later.

The army has al­ways con­sid­ered NCC cadets as the sec­ond line of de­fence as they are taught to de­velop lead­er­ship and of­fi­cer- like qual­i­ties.

Ut­tar Pradesh has the max­i­mum num­ber of NCC units in the coun­try with 110. Each NCC unit has ap­prox­i­mately 250 cadets.

In Gu­jarat, mean­while, it’s for­ward march for the NCC.

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