More than 2,000 aspiring young candidates in their early twenties traveled from the Anantnag of South Kashmir to participate in the Indian Army recruitment drive. The recruitment program was held at the Haiderbeig camp in Pattan in Baramulla district of North Kashmir. This recent development is of much importance as many of the separatists in the state of Kashmir have been urging the residents of the valley to oppose Indian armed forces.
The deputy director general recruiting (Punjab and J&K), Brig J S Samyal was present during the process. He stated that the recruitment rally is a big step implemented by the Indian Army to improve the condition of the unemployed youth in the Kashmir sector. He also added that the large number of participants in the rallies reflects the level of patriotism and motivation in the youth of Kashmir region.
He also indicated that the Indian Army is planning to conduct more recruitment rallies to offer more opportunities to all the aspiring and eligible candidates of Kashmir. One of the candidates who appeared for the recruitment drive said, “I was also part of stone pelting mobs in 2016, so I don’t feel any threat from those fellows. I don’t fear anybody. I have to seek an Army job because we don’t have avenues in other sectors of the government.”
A BA second year student, Saahil Ahmad said, “I have a family to look after and without job cannot survive. Frequent stone pelting back home cannot deter me from seeking a job in the Army.” The eligible candidates will have to initially undergo a physical test and medical test during the recruitment.
Recruitment officer Col. Kapil Kumar made a recent statement in which he revealed that approximately 3,000 young candidates had registered for the recruitment rally. However, only 2,186 candidates were able to attend the recruitment program due to heavy rainfall in the valley. He also added that 426 candidates out of the total 2,186 were qualified for the jobs in Indian Army.
Col. Kapil also added that the Indian Army is looking to fill approximately 1,000 posts in several categories and that 18,931 aspiring youth candidates has already been registered. The selection of the candidates will be based on their performance in the recruitment tests.