The Gujarat Labour and Employment Department has recently decided to conduct extensive 45 days of training for aspirant youths to increase enrollment in Indian Army from the state. The first camp was conducted on May 1, which is the Gujarat Foundation Day. As per the latest reports, the Gujarat Labour and Employment Department will conduct 53 training camps and offer the shortlisted aspirants a stipend of ₹100 daily.
The new project is named Swami Vivekanand Purvseva Niwasi Talim (Swami Vivekanand Pre-service Residential Training) and an amount of ₹3,00,00,000 has been set aside for the same. The Labour and Employment Minister Dilip Thakore said that, “Gujarat youths are capable, but owing to lack of proper guidance, they are not able to clear the selection procedure for the armed forces. Therefore, we have started this initiative. It will be carried out every year now. We want maximum participation from Gujarat in this field of serving the nation.”
An officer from the Labour and Employment Department said it felt that Gujarat youths fared poorly in the Indian Armed Forces selection procedure. “One of our long-term goals is to have maximum representation of Gujarat in the armed forces so that eventually there is a Gujarat regiment,” the officer said. On an average, about 2,000 to 2,200 Gujarat youths enter the Indian Army every year.
The state authorities had previously conducted such training camps for the youths but those were scattered and did not offer the desired outputs. This is the reason why the department has come up with plans to cover all the 33 districts of the state. “I am not sure if other states are conducting such training camps, but they might not be doing so since other states have much better representation in the armed forces,” the officer said.
As per the officials, the training camps will be conducted at all district headquarters and seven municipal corporations. In addition to that, there will be four camps set up for Scheduled Caste youths and nine camps for Scheduled Tribe youths. Training to youth will be offered by retired Army and police personals. Each of the camp will be accommodating 30 aspirants and the selection will be based on the analysis by the department.
The candidates who are selected for the camp will be offered residential training for 30 days and additional training for 15 days on the different aspects of the entrance exam to join Army.