DateLine Saturday, 20 May 2006


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Disciplined citizens needed for country to prosper: PM

RANTEMBE: A country can never prosper unless citizens are well disciplined , Prime Minister Ratnasiri Wickremanayake said.

The National Cadet Corps in its curriculum of training has stressed on discipline, adherence to law, inculcation of virtues, sociality and courtesy among the principal motives of training.

Accordingly, it has succeeded to gift to the nation a host of glorious sons spanning over three generations," Wickramanayake said as chief guest at the 125th anniversary celebrations of the National Cadet Corps.

The Prime Minister said he was happier to attend the 125th anniversary of the Cadet Corps than he was when he attended the Herman Loos de Zoysa Trophy Camp of the Cadet Corps some time back and he was proud to find old cadets among high ranking officials in security services and other places in various fields.

Wickremenayake said moral erosion and ethical decadence among the younger generation are major challenges confronting elders today.

"Extending cadet training to all schools will tremendously help reverse this trend. Students who are cadets during young days are apt to be punctual, methodical, creative and disciplined later in life. Such young men are capable of pushing forward the development process," he said.

Produced by Lake House Copyright 2006 The Associated Newspapers of Ceylon Ltd.

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