Odia Youths Need To Be More Aware Of The Defence Forces, Says VCOAS

Bhubaneswar: The awareness of people of Odisha about the Indian defence forces needs to be raised. One of the reasons behind this could be because fewer youths opt for the Indian Army, Navy, and Airforce, said Vice-Chief of Army Staff (VCOAS), Lt Gen CP Mohanty.

Addressing a press conference in the city today, Lt Gen Mohanty said creating awareness about the defence forces among youths and educating them about the forces will be in his agenda. “This can only come through education and encouraging our youths to join the forces,” he said.

“I would urge the youths of Odisha, both girls and boys to join the armed forces in large numbers. I spoke to the authorities at the Sainik School in Bhubaneswar. There was a discussion over the point that NDA (National Defence Academy) results of Sainik School, Bhubaneswar must increase.”

Speaking about the formation of a Kalinga Regiment (based in Odisha), Lt Gen Mohanty said after the Army, Navy and the Air Force are focussing more on technology and infrastructure. The defence forces are not exapanding in terms of numbers. The emphasis is more on infrastructure development and modernisation, he said.

“Post-independence, a single new regiment has been formed, the Naga Regiment which has only two battalions. Another two regiments were formed before that – Bihar Regiment and the Assam Regiment. The matter (proposal of Kalinga Regiment) has come before me, and I will see what can be done about it.”

Lt Gen CP Mohanty, Vice Chief Of Army Staff, India