NCC expansion plan:  NER getting over 18 thousand vacancies; Meghalaya gets majority.

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Major General Ananta Bhuyan, Additional director general of NCC, North Eastern Region.

To infuse the feeling of patriotism and cater to the security needs of the border areas, the National Cadet Corps (NCC) is implementing its expansion plan across the borders of Northeastern states.
The National Cadet Corps (NCC) will be expanded in 173 border and coastal districts, and nearly 1 lakh new cadets will be trained under the mission, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said while addressing Nation of Independence Day.
Interesting it is Meghalaya which is getting the highest number of vacancies, Major General Ananta Bhuyan, Additional director general of NCC, North Eastern Region while explaining about the expansion plan said,  “Out of this 1 lakh vacancies, North-eastern region is getting around eighteen thousand two hundred plus vacancies which come to around 18.2 percent of overall total expansion and this will be covering all the seven states of North-eastern region.”
He further added, “Majority are in Meghalaya they get around 5500 plus vacancies, followed by Assam. “
Elaborating further about the vacancies, Major General Bhuyan said,  “A Total of 18,273 vacancies are allotted to the entire North East, in which Assam gets 4,218, Arunachal Pradesh 2,468, Meghalaya 5,565, Tripura 260, Nagaland 1,220, Manipur 1,720, Mizoram 2, 822.”
“Total we have identified so far 220 schools and colleges in Northeast where the NCC will be introduced and most of them are in the border areas,” he said adding, “That is the aim to reach as far as to the border area.”
The expansion plan will be carried out in seven districts namely East Jaintia Hills, West Jaintia Hills, East Khasi Hills, South West Khasi Hills, South Garo Hills, West Garo Hills, and South West Garo Hills bordering Bangladesh.
Forty higher secondary schools and 15 colleges in Meghalaya are set to benefit from the NCC expansion plan as the actual allotment will be done on merit.
Asked how this is going to help, he said, “We are producing junior leaders, so many junior leaders are available to the society and because these are in the border areas so, therefore, these areas are going to get integrated with the mainland. “
“This will bring the feeling of patriotism and cater our security needs of the border areas and wherever NCC or security forces go they develop the area,” he added.
This will take the strength of NCC to 11621 over the next three years Under this scheme, two minor units, the 41 Artillery battery, and 42 Meghalaya Signal company will be upgraded to battalion strength and 2 Meghalaya NCC Battalion will be getting additional manpower.
It is a 100 percent central-funded scheme.
The NCC is a youth development movement managed by the armed forces. It also provides exposure to cadets in a wide range of activities, with an emphasis on social services, discipline, and adventure training.