Saturday, October 20, 2007

Girl cadets on hill trek in Sikkim

Gangtok Oct. 20: A 1,000-strong contingent of National Cadet Corps (NCC) today set out for a trek to Sikkim. Lt Gen. Deepak Raj, the general officer commanding, 33 Corps, flagged off the All India Sikkim Trek (Girls) from here.
Lt Gen Raj said the initiative was aimed at overall development of the girls. “It takes them through a number of experiences and helps them develop their outlook to life and strengthens personality.”
Hosted by the NCC group headquarters in Darjeeling, the trek will have its first stop in Singtam where they will go by bus. From there the cadets will trek to Ranipul, Gangtok and Enchey. The girls will return in buses from there.
Cadets from different states like Bihar, Chhattisgarh, Delhi, Gujarat, Jharkhand, Kerela, Lakshwadeep, Madhya Pradesh, the Northeast, Orissa, Punjab, Sikkim, Tamil Nadu, Uttar Pradesh and Bengal are participating in the trek. They will also be taken to Darjeeling and Mirik.
“The expedition will provide an opportunity to the cadets to visit the border state and familiarise themselves with its people, customs, and their living condition. It will also help them imbibe a spirit of mutual understanding towards national integration,” a press release said.