Thousands Attend Army's Recruitment Rally In Kashmir

15 February 2009
The Indian Express

Baramulla: Thousands of young men turned up at the venue of Army’s recruitment rally in North Kashmir’s garrison town Baramulla. From early hours young men from different parts of the Valley started assembling outside Baramulla sports stadium venue of the Army’s recruitment rally on the outskirts of the town. Some boys had even reached the venue hours before the process began at around 10 am. “I don’t want to miss this opportunity,” said Mohammad Ashraf Khan, a youth from Leelam Kupwara. “I am unemployed and need a job badly,” he said. Khan had reached Baramulla on Sunday night and stayed at a friends place. “Earlier, also I had applied for different jobs in various departments. But, luck did not favour me then. This time I am sure I will get a job in the army,” he said. Another youth, Imtiyaz Ahmad had come from remote Ajas village of Bandipore to participate in the rally. He too had stayed in a nearby village close to the venue for the night. “I will try my best to get a job in the armed forces,” he said. “I have been waiting for this recruitment rally from past many months,” he said while holding documents required for the selection process in his hands, the young man was hopeful of finding a place in the Army. Defence spokesman, Col Uma Maheswar said that the recruitment process will go on for next six days. “For first two days the documents and tokens will be issued to the job aspirants,” he said. “On February 18 and 19, the army officials would conduct physical tests,” he said adding that for next two days written and medical tests of the candidates qualifying the physical tests will be held. Director, Recruitment who is of the rank of Brigadier will also be visiting the rally on Wednesday. This time more vacancies have been created both in Regular and Territorial Army to absorb Kashmiri youths in the Defence Forces. “The Army takes pride in regularly recruiting Kashmiri youth and providing employment opportunities to them,” said Army’s Recruiting Office. “This time total number of vacancies for Regular and Territorial Army (Home and Hearth) will be increased.” Army has already announced bonus for National Cadet Corps (NCC) certificate holders and the kin of ex-servicemen in case they produce valid documents. Special priority will also be given to candidates from the militancy prone areas of the state. Of late local youths are showing interest towards joining the armed forces. Some years ago, Army had constituted fresh Territorial Army regiment that comprises local boys