41000 NCC Cadets Suffer As Mamata Govt Withholds Funds

New Delhi | Updated: 26 October, 2022 4:44 pm IST
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More than 41,000 cadets of the National Cadet Corps (NCC) will not be able to appear in the B and C category certificate examinations due to the West Bengal government’s refusal to release necessary funds, claimed BJP leader Amit Malviya.

In a tweet, Malviya, who heads BJP’s IT Cell, accused Bengal chief minister Mamata Banerjee of ruining institutions and destroying the careers of the young.

“Now NCC cadets suffer in Bengal as WB Govt refuses to release funds. Cadets aspiring for their B and C Certificate examinations, which would have got them direct SSB interview, will miss the opportunity,” he tweeted along with a purported government letter.

The purported letter titled “ceasing of enrolment due to lack of budgetary support by the state government of West Bengal for the financial year 2022-23” was written by the directorate general of NCC to Nishtha Upadhyay, joint secretary (training) in the Ministry of Defence on October 7.

NCC is the youth wing of the Indian Army.

The letter alleges that the Mamata Banerjee government refused to release funds for the training of NCC cadets from the state “despite relentless efforts and correspondence at various levels”.

However, sources told The New Indian NCC director general Lt Gen Gurbirpal Singh will visit West Bengal to meet senior state officials in order to reach a solution.

It also claimed that the directorate raised the matter with the Bengal finance secretary, maintained regular correspondence with the principal secretary of the state higher education department and even flagged the issue to the state chief secretary, but to no avail.

“…the budget allocation to WB NCC by the state remains unchanged,” read the letter purportedly written by Major General US Sengupta, the additional director general of NCC.

As per the letter, as many as 75 per cent of enrolled cadets in West Bengal will not be able to undergo Central Annual Training Camps (CATCs) and hence will be ineligible for attending NCC B and C certificate exams.

“Total requirement of additional camps would be 103 to cater for this requirement.”

The total number of cadets in the state stands at 95, 120, according to the directorate of NCC.

It said that only 6400 out of the total eligible 54,324 cadets can be enrolled for training at the camps under the remaining budget for the current financial year.

“As of date, we are not able to train even the already enrolled cadets. In view of the above, as recommended (letter number) dated Sept 14, 2022, and as per discussion held with DG NCC on Sept 27, 2022, enrolment of cadets in the training year is being ceased till additional funds as projected to the state government is made available,” the letter read.

Criticising CM Mamata Banerjee, state BJP chief Sukanta Majumdar said, “While she has no fund shortage for appeasement, she shows no concerns for youths.”

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