NCC cadets played an important role in various tasks during the Indo-Pak war of 1965. Every NCC cadet rose to the occasion, they gladly relieved the Police, the Territorial Army and the Defence Services personnel to carry out more vital tasks in the defence of the country. Cadets were engaged in civil defence tasks and they assisted civil and military authorities in various sectors.
According to the Extraordinary Gazette of India Published on September 9, 1965 in exercise of the powers conferred by Section 10 of the National Cadet Corps Act, 1948 (31 of 1948), the Central Government prescribed the following duties to be performed by the National Cadet Corps Officers (Senior, Junior and Girls Division) and Cadets (including girls) of the Senior Division who were of the age of seventeen years and above, namely:-
• Passive Air Defence including rescue work, first aid, evacuation of casualties, fire-fighting and removal of debris.
• Manning of Civil Defence posts including civil defence patrols and look outs.
• Maintenance of essential services such as motor transport, pioneer and engineer services, water supply and power supply.
• Manning of static signal installations.
• Administration and running of camps in case of movement of civil population.
• Any other allied duties.
These duties were performed by the cadets with full zeal and enthusiasm. The cadets also helped in building bunds along the western borders. The cadets were guards at important installations like Akashwani, Telephone exchanges and Post offices.
inputs: Lt Col Umang Kohli
Ashok Chakra III For NCC Cadet 1148012 Sargeant Pratap Singh
The most outstanding instance of courage and devotion to duty displayed by the cadets was the fire fighting operations on September 13, 1965 at the Gurdaspur railway station following an air attack by four Pakistani planes on a goods train carrying inflammable material like ammunition, diesel and kerosene oil. A wagon caught fire and thick columns of smoke spread fast causing terror and confusion. Fifty cadets rushed to the railway station and brought the fire under control. They detached the wagons loaded with ammunition, thus preventing a major explosion and a fearful disaster. The cadets happily risked their lives and suffered burns in achieving this remarkable feat. In this action cadets were inspired and led by Cadet Sergeant Pratap Singh who manifested high qualities of leadership, courage and initiative. For his gallantry and selfless devotion to duty which saved the city of Gurdaspur from a terrible catastrophe, Sergeant Pratap Singh of the 10th Punjab Battalion NCC Gurdaspur was awarded the Ashok Chakra Class III by President of India Dr Radha Krishnan in 1966.