Manmohan Singh lauds NCC, asks youth to channelise energy for nation building

New Delhi, Jan. 28 (ANI): The Prime Minister, Dr. Manmohan Singh, on Monday called for channelising the immense energy of youth in a positive way to successfully address national challenges.

"I have no doubt, if we are able to channelise this immense energy of our youth in a positive direction, we can successfully address even the most complex challenges facing our country today," said Dr. Singh, while addressing the NCC Republic Day camp.

The Prime Minister asked the youth to exploit the opportunity with firm resolve and commitment and contribute positively towards the growth of the nation.

"India is a young nation. Our youth are our major strength. Today, more than ever before, there is greater awareness among the youth about their rights. Equally, there is a strong desire to contribute directly to the betterment of our society," he said.

Acknowledging the immense contribution of NCC towards nation-building, social harmony and in inculcating the core value of patriotism, discipline and self-less service in the nation's youth, Dr. Singh said: "Your efforts in spreading the awareness among our masses on important issues like female foeticide, and cancer control, energy conservation and environment protection are praiseworthy."

Dr. Singh said that 'it was a matter of pride that NCC has always come forward and discharged its duty in the sphere of disaster relief social service and community development'.

"I am aware of the high standards achieved by the cadets in the fields of training, support and adventure activity. It is heartening to learn that NCC cadets have undertaken several successful mountaineering, trekking and sailing activities," he added.

Pointing out that the government has taken several measures to provide employment opportunities to the young generation, Dr. Singh said 'the Right to Education Act is a landmark in providing education including skill development and vocational training so that the young can gain successful carrier in manufacturing and industrial sector of the growing economy'. (ANI)