Governor’s Medals conferred on 36 NCC cadets

Gangtok 26th September (IPR): Governor Ganga Prasad today conferred medals to 36 NCC cadets from the State for their participation in various national and state level events.

The function, held at the Ashirwaad Hall, Raj Bhavan, was also attended by HRDD Minister RB Subba, Commandant 3 Sikkim NCC Battalion Brig Sanjiv Saini and senior State Government officials.

“I am delighted to be here to present NCC medals to these young students,” the Governor remarked, adding, “I am so happy to know that soon after becoming the 22nd State of the Indian Territory; NCC was formed in Sikkim in 1976. I came to know that NCC unit was set up in all the four districts of Sikkim and in 2011, the first NCC Battalion was formed in the state. I was informed that the strength of NCC in Sikkim has crossed more than nine thousand and it is one of the highest in our country.”

Congratulating the awardees, the Governor also pointed out that NCC provides a wide range of opportunities and unique experiences to develop leadership and life-skills and that this will be an exciting journey of learning and growth for all those who have joined NCC.

He also thanked Col. Mangat Saini and other officers who have worked tirelessly for the benefit of the NCC fraternity.

The Governor said that he was elated that such an event was being held for the second time in Sikkim and urged the young cadets to be even more responsible and serve the state/ country with zeal, dedication and pride.

Earlier, in his welcome address, Additional Chief Secretary GP Upadhyaya said that the event was a historic moment for Sikkim as it was being organised for the second time.

Mr Upadhyaya highlighted that the Governor’s Medals Presentation Ceremony began in Sikkim last year and used to earlier be held in the Kolkata Raj Bhawan. This move to Sikkim has been possible in due to the guidance and leadership of the HRDD Minister, he said.

36 cadets from different institutions across the state are being recognized for their professional excellence and devotion to duty since joining the National Cadet Corps, he added.

There are currently about 7,000 NCC cadets in Sikkim spread across all the Senior Secondary Schools and 116 Secondary Schools.

Three categories of Medals were awarded today - 18 Gold Medals, 10 Silver Medals and 8 Bronze Medals. Each medal is accompanied with a cash component and a certificate.

Gold Medals were awarded to cadets participating at National Level who represented the Directorate team in Republic Day camp and Thal Sainik Camp in New Delhi.

Silver Medals were awarded to the cadets who presented ceremonial salute to the Governor and Chief Minister or commanded contingents in State level Republic Day and Independence Day parades.