PRAY: Cadets from 3 UP Naval NCC units, under the aegis of NCC-Lucknow Group Headquarters and NCC Uttar Pradesh leadership, completed one of the most arduous and difficult expeditions on the Ganges on Wednesday.
The sailing boat pulling expedition was reported by Brigadier Ravi Kapoor, Group Commander, NCC Group HQ, Lucknow during a ceremony held at Dhori Ghat in Kanpur on October 18. On Wednesday, Group Commander, NCC Group HQ, Prayagraj, on behalf of NCC leadership Uttar Pradesh, welcomed the contingent after the successful expedition, at Saraswati Ghat here.
The expedition was led by the Commander, Captain (Indian Navy) Navendu Saxena, as well as his Executive Officer, Lieutenant Commander Ashwani K Singh. A team of 10 naval combatant sailors led by Chief Instructor Anand K Verma, and civilian officials from the NCC naval unit, Lucknow, trained and guided the cadets on the journey.
A total of 63 NCC cadets, including 38 boys and 25 girls, took part in this very difficult expedition using two DK whalers and an assault boat, a Gemini craft and two rescue boats, PRO (Defense) informed. Shantanu Pratap Singh.
“The expedition provided the cadets with valuable experience in the areas of boating, sailing, seamanship and navigation, and gave them an insight into the challenges facing Indian naval personnel. confronted at sea. He also helped instill camaraderie and leadership among cadets in the difficult conditions of river travel. This is in keeping with the overall mission of the NCC to develop strong character, unity and discipline among NCC cadets, and to help them become responsible citizens who can positively contribute to nation building ” , he added.
The expedition passed through seven districts – Kanpur, Unnao, Fatehpur, Raebareily, Pratapgarh, Kaushambi and Prayagraj – affecting more than 50 villages in the riverine areas of the Ganges. Important locations included Baksar Dham, Dalmau, Kalakankar Ghat, Kada Dham, Shringverpur, Rasulabad, and Sangam before culminating in Saraswati Ghat, Prayagraj.
During transit camps en route, cadets conducted unique social messaging campaigns on ‘Covid Vaccination’, ‘Namami Gange’ and ‘Clean Ganga Mission’ to disseminate these issues of national significance among locals, especially those belonging to rural communities.
The contingent also interacted with gram sabhas as well as school and college students along the way and raised awareness of the armed forces through motivational lectures and exhibits.