A Court of Inquiry by the National Cadet Corps (NCC) into a series of allegations against a Major General has made wide-ranging suggestions to improve the organisation, saying it was “largely manned by superseded and less motivated officers”.
Other suggestions included avoiding playing golf during office hours and not consuming liquor in the presence of cadets. While conducting the inquiry against the Maj Gen Subodh Kumar, Additional Director General NCC, Maharashtra, into allegations levelled against him by one of his subordinates — Captain Manish Rao of the Navy — the Court of Inquiry made several remedial suggestions.
The allegations were made about misuse of Rs 75 lakh worth of ‘Office Contingency Grant’ being used at his official residence to purchase various items, misuse of Civil Hired Transport, playing golf during office hours and misappropriation in regimental fund. The findings of the inquiry are under processing at the NCC Headquarters.
Commenting upon irregularities during a Group Commanders Conference, the inquiry observed “there exists an overapowering centralisation in the system that hinders efficiency, and affects those who want to move things in an otherwise understaffed, ill-quipped, resource staffed organisation, largely manned by superseded and less motivated officers”.
The remedial measures suggested by the inquiry — which is signed by Major General AK Sehgal, Additional Director General NCC, Delhi and Major General AK Ghosh, Additional Director General NCC West Bengal and Sikkim — explicitly deal with one allegation about playing golf with officers during office hours. The report states that, “While declaring an administrative day, or breaking off concerned people early is well within the preview of the Additional Director General, the practice of playing golf during office hours must be dissuaded”.
On consumption of liquor in the presence of NCC cadets at an official function, the inquiry also said the NCC Headquarters should pass a cautionary advisory on this as such practices were “best avoided”.
Touching upon the subject of officers who are posted to NCC from the Army, Navy and the Air Force, the inquiry said that most new inductees initially suffered from a “massive culture shock”.
“The case is often more acute in officers from Indian Navy and Indian Air Force, who feel that in addition to being in an alien organisation, they are also in an predominantly Army organisation where their role is likely to be subdued,” the report said.
Finally, the report recommended new officers in the NCC be given an orientation course at the NCC Officers Training Academy in Kamptee and only officers with prior experience in NCC be posted in staff appointments at the Directorate or NCC Group level.