The Prime Minister was addressing the NCC Cadets rally at Cariappa Ground in New Delhi on Friday He praised the National Cadet Corps (NCC) cadets for helping the centre and state government amid the COVID-19 pandemic. “Be it the floods or any other calamity, the NCC cadets helped the people of this country last year. During the coronavirus pandemic, lakhs of cadets worked with the administration and society across the country. He said India will soon be known for being a producer of defence equipment and not just a market. Pointing out that there are immense possibilities for girls in NCC, PM Modi said, “There has been an increase in 35 per cent of girl cadets in NCC in the past few years. The nation needs your bravery and new opportunities are waiting for you. I see future officers in you.” NCC will be given new responsibilities in around 175 districts in the coastal and border areas. For this, around one lakh NCC cadets are being trained by Army, Navy and Air Force. Out of these, one third are girl cadets,” PM Modi said.