Major General (Dr) Subhash Sharan, Additional DG NCC Gujarat received the Raksha Mantri Smt Nirmala Sitharaman on December 23, 2017 at the magnificent River Front, on the banks of River Sabarmati at Ahmedabad.
Raksha Mantri was given a Guard of Honour on the occasion by NCC Girl Cadets of Gujarat Directorate. She was extremely happy with the high standards of Drill and Turn out of NCC Girl Cadets and endorsed "Greetings to all the cadets for a smart 'Guard of Honour.' Awaiting your performance at the Republic Day 2018". Raksha Mantri presented the Bhagavad Geeta to the Guard Commander.
Major General (Dr) Subhash Sharan presented a Coffee Table book on NCC activities in Gujarat to the Raksha Mantri.
An unique Programme "Paramveer Vandana" for inculcating the spirit of nationalism, particularly amongst youth was conducted. 50,000 students including a large number of NCC Cadets participated in the programme.
The patriotic programme comprised chorus singing of 'Vande Matram' by 50,000 youth, felicitation of decorated Armed Forces Personnel and singing of patriotic songs by singers with a large orchestra of 126 artists.
Raksha Mantri in her address said that organizing such a novel programme that inculcates spirit of nationalism, particularly amongst youth is an unique step and Gujarat sends a great message to the country on 'Hindu Way of life', which respects Rivers, environment and ecology. She further said that because of this way of life, the World today looks forward to India for leadership role on Environment and Climate. She exported the youth to also witness the forthcoming patriotic Republic Day Celebration on 26 January 2018 and associate themselves with the bravery and sacrifice of Armed Forces Personnel. She particulary thanked the large number of veterans, officers, JCOs and OR present on the occasion for their acts of valour and commitment to the Nation.
Chief Minister of Gujarat Shri Vijaybahi Rupani, Dy Chief Minister Shri Nitinbhai Patel, large number of veterans, officers, JCOs, OR and a number of dignitaries were also present on the occasion.