States deploy NCC cadets to fight Covid-19 pandemic

New Delhi, April 6 (IANS) The civil and the police administration had started deploying senior division NCC cadets in the fight against coronavirus pandemic, said the Ministry of Defence, here on Monday.

“Some of them (cadets) have started contributing their services from Monday,” the Ministry said. Last week, the Ministry had allowed their temporary deployment under the ‘Exercise NCC Yogdan’ and issued guidelines for it.
These cadets are to help the state and municipal authorities in augmenting relief efforts.
The Union Territory of Ladakh has deployed eight NCC cadets for the supply chain management.
The Neemuch Superintendent of Police has requested the Madhya Pradesh and Chhattisgarh Directorate of the National Cadet Corps (NCC) for services of 245 cadets in the supply chain and traffic management. 64 senior division cadets, including seven women, have already been deployed.
The Collector of Bilaspur has requested the NCC cadets’ services and is training them in Covid-19 preventive measures.
The Punjab, Haryana, Himachal Pradesh and Chandigarh Directorate has received request from the Deputy Commissioner of the Kangra district in HP for services of 86 cadets till April 14 to assist the police in ensuring social distancing.
The Kancheepuram district police in Tamil Nadu has approached the Covid-19 district nodal officer for services of NCC cadets. 57 cadets, including two women, are to be deployed soon.
The Tamil Nadu, Puducherry and Andaman Nicobar Directorate has provided services of 75 cadets in Tamil Nadu and 57 in Puducherry.
The Balsrampur district administration in UP has also sought services of volunteer cadets from the NCC Group Headquarters Gorakhpur.
In East Khasi Hills district 80 NCC cadets started helping the Meghalaya Police in monitoring ration distribution and senitisation on Monday.
“The types of tasks envisaged for cadets included managing helpline/call centres; distribution of relief, medicines, food/essential commodities; community assistance; data management, queue & traffic management, and managing CCTV control rooms,” the Ministry said.
According to the deployment guidelines, state governments or district administration has to send the request for volunteer cadets through State NCC Directorates.