Lalitpur, Feb. 15: Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli said Friday that an active and creative participation of youths would help achieve the national goal of ‘Prosperous Nepal, Happy Nepali’ of the government. Addressing the 15th Senior Division graduation ceremony of National Cadet Corps, Nepal (NCCN), organised by the Nepali Army at Jawalakhel this morning, Prime Minister Oli urged youths to get involved in social works and during emergency situation like natural disasters, which the nation may face at any time. He said the role of youths would always be crucial and vital in national development. “I hereby urge all youths, who have earned and gained skills to live a disciplined and cultured life, to engage in the tasks of national development,” Prime Minister Oli said. On the occasion, Prime Minister Oli and Deputy Prime Minister and Defence Minister Ishwar Pokhrel jointly conferred insignia on newly graduated students. Prime Minister Oli, who is also the patron of NCCN, said the skills and knowledge gained from the NCC training would be fruitful during rescue operation and in any other social and voluntary works. NCC trained students and youths are the pride of the country. “You re equipped with semi-military skills, and possess knowledge about Nepali culture, religions and traditions.” He said the government was committed to the overall development of youths. The government was ready to support NCC for its effectiveness and take the programmes of NCC up to grassroots level as the youths are the major pillar of the development of the country, he said. Prime Minister Oli said not only the family but also the government and the whole nation had a hope and dream from the NCC trained students in the future. “It will not take time for the development of the country if the nation gets skilled and able manpower to exploit natural resources available within the country,” he said.
Altogether 7,700 students from 213 schools of 76 districts have taken part in the 100-day training within this fiscal year. Likewise, in the 15th Senior Division graduation, 261 of 509 participants were female students. During the function, the graduated students performed Khukuri drill and Taekwondo skills. Prime Minister Oli also said that the government was effortful in introducing best education system targeting youths to create good job opportunity within the country According to the Army Headquarters, so far 51,332 male and female students have completed the NCC course. The NCC was established in 1966 with an aim of producing loyal, disciplined, responsible and dedicated young individuals to become capable leaders and better citizens. Acting Director General of National Cadet Corps Brigadier General Krishna Murari Neupane said that youths were the messengers for the national development. He said the NCC has been getting encouraging number of participants every year.