Military cadets may get Rs.10,000 as stipend

April 9th, 2008 - 7:20 pm ICT by admin  

A file-photo of Pratibha Patil

Khadakwasla, April 9 (IANS) In a bid to lure the best talent, the armed forces have submitted a proposal to pay Rs.10,000 as monthly stipend to cadets of the National Defence Academy (NDA), an official said Wednesday. Air Marshal T.S Randhawa, the NDA commandant, told reporters here: “We have submitted the proposal to the defence minister. It has been taken well.”

Urging the youths to enlist, Randhawa said: “Every year we have 600 cadets joining us but we still have shortage of officers in the armed forces. This can be filled up only if we take at least 120 more cadets every year.”

He added that NDA would celebrate 60 years of its existence Dec 6-8. President Pratibha Patil would open the three-day diamond jubilee celebration.

“The academy has had the privilege of training 30,000 cadets, including 1,600 foreign cadets from 23 countries. The celebrations would culminate with a reunion,” he said.

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