PATNA: The Patna-headquartered directorate of National Cadet Corps (NCC)-Bihar and Jharkhand will felicitate the three former NCC female cadets, who have covered a 22,000km pedalling across the country, on July 4.
The girls — two from Jharkhand and one from Bihar — will be felicitated at an official function by state art, culture and youth affairs minister Krishna Kumar Rishi and NCC’s additional director general Major General Rajiv Kumar Gupta.
According to Major General Gupta, an invite has also been sent to chief minister Nitish Kumar and deputy CM Sushil Kumar Modi to attend the function.
Cadets Savitri Murmu (22) from Jamshedpur and Urmila Kumari from Ranchi and Harsha Mishra (18) from Patna City started their bicycle expedition from the Gandhi Ghat in Patna on October 13, 2017. They were previously associated with the NCC and the Unity of Indian Cadets, an organisation formed by NCC cadets of Patna.
“The three girls’ feat has made us proud,” Major General Gupta told this reporter on Saturday.
NCC officials said the trio’s expedition was aimed at spreading several social messages, including women empowerment, Beti Padhao Beti Bachao and Swachh Bharat Abhiyan. They covered 29 states and interacted with eminent citizens, including Uttar Pradesh CM Yogi Adityanath, during their nine-month journey.
Meanwhile, NCC cadets are also looking forward to meeting the gritty girls. “Their dedication is worth emulating,” said cadet Ayushi Singh (21). Cadet Rashmi Kashyap (21) also hailed their bravery.