Nagaland NCC Band Cadets honoured for partaking in R-Day Parade 2024

Governor La Ganesan along with CM Neiphiu Rio, NCC officials, Band Cadets, and other officials during the felicitations of NCC Band Cadets at Raj Bhavan, Kohima on February 23 . (Photo Courtesy: PRO Raj Bhavan)

Governor La Ganesan along with CM Neiphiu Rio, NCC officials, Band Cadets, and other officials during the felicitations of NCC Band Cadets at Raj Bhavan, Kohima on February 23 . (Photo Courtesy: PRO Raj Bhavan)

Kohima, February 23 (MExN): The felicitation ceremony of the NCC Band Cadets from Nagaland who took part in the Republic Day Parade 2024 was held with the Governor La Ganesan as special guest at Dr Imkongliba Ao Hall, Raj Bhavan, Kohima on February 23. The programme was organised by the Department of Youth Resource & Sports, Kohima and NCC GP Kohima, stated a press release issued by PRO Raj Bhavan.

Speaking during the programme, the Governor expressed his happiness seeing the captivating show given by the NCC girls’ band during the function. The Governor congratulated the 31 cadets from Nagaland who demonstrated their skills and achieved their goal of participating in the parade. He said that it is the dream of every NCC cadet to be a part of this event, and apprised them that they are among the few who have realized this ambition. He also extended his congratulations to the parents for their support in their children's achievement of this dream.

He lauded the Nagaland Government, the Department of Youth Resources and Sports and the North East Region Directorate of the NCC for their role and support in grooming the young cadets. ‘Such support will undoubtedly encourage these young cadets to strive for excellence in the future and to become conscientious citizens of our country,’ he added. 

The Governor reminded that it takes sheer determination and resilience to represent at a platform as grand and as prestigious as the Republic Day Parade in New Delhi. He mentioned that it is a celebration of our diversity, our strength, and the unity of our great nation, witnessed by almost everyone in India and also the world. He said that selected through a rigorous and demanding process, these cadets have proven that hard work, discipline, and a zeal for excellence are the hallmarks of all great achievements.

As the Governor of Nagaland, he was filled with pride at their accomplishments. Honouring the cadets, the Governor said that it is truly inspiring to see the youth take on such challenges, achieve greatness and thereby inspire others to follow in their footsteps. 

The Chief Minister of Nagaland Neiphiu Rio who also spoke during the function said that it was also a joyous moment for the state to witness a Naga Girl, Ruyangunuo Kense leading the Delhi police during the Republic Day Parade in New Delhi. 

The CM underlined that the nature of their training and exposure to a wide range of activities which create avenues for the youth to join the armed forces as officers, especially with NCC C Certificate special entry schemes. He said that a career in the armed forces is one of the most respected, regarded and sought-after in the country. Therefore, he urged upon the cadets to think and consider a career in the armed forces as one of their option.

Maj Gen Gagan Deep, ADG, NCC Directorate, North Eastern Region (NER), who is on a three-day visit to Nagaland from February 22 to 24, in his short speech said that the 31 cadets were selected on merit and assured that many more cadets will be given such opportunities in the near future. 

Advisor Youth Resource & Sports, S Keoshu encouraged the young cadets to strive harder and continue to take the paths of their seniors to bring pride and honour for the state. 

The Governor handed out Certificate of Appreciation all the cadets.

The programme was chaired by Commissioner & Secretary YRS Wezope Kenye IAS while the vote of thanks was rendered by Brigadier Dipankar Saha Group Commander NCC Group, Kohima.

Others who attended the programme were Abhijit Sinha, Principal Secretary and Home Commissioner Nagaland, NCC officials, Principals, Associate NCC officers,  Cadets and Parents.