Tuesday, February 16, 2010

Naxal-hit states see push for joining Army

Express News ServiceFirst Published : 17 Feb 2010 04:16:19 AM ISTLast Updated : 17 Feb 2010 07:49:11 AM IST
BANGALORE: In what might come as a rare silver lining for the government in its war against Maoist insurgency, the youth belonging to the Naxal-hit states, who were hitherto adverse to joining the country's armed forces, are now looking forward to a career in the Indian Army.
Ravished by the inconsistencies of life and with no future to look forward, youth in some of the worst Naxalaffected states in the country like Chhattisgarh, Bihar and Jharkhand have been turning out in large numbers at the army recruitment rallies conducted even in regions where left-wing extremism thrives.
Adjutant General Lt Gen Mukesh Sabharwal, who was in the city to attend the 26th annual recruitment seminar of the Indian Army, said the encouraging response from the youth in these states was surprising.
“Most of the youth living in these regions have not seen the outside world. They have been literally living in a cocoon and now they are coming out which is very good as they not only get employment and a meaning full life to live but can also back and manage others to join the army,” he said.
The Recruitment Directorate (Bihar and Jharkhand) witnessed an overwhelming response at the recruitment rallies held in Nothian and Jamalpur in which around 8317 and 5982 candidates turned out respectively.
Similarly at Chhattisgarh the allotted 2 per cent recruitment quota for the state was completely filled.
“A lot of promotional activity was done by the government in the way of distributing study materials which has helped us to get the youth to attend the recruitment rallies at some of the worst affected regions like Ambikapur, Bastar and Jugdalpur,” said Col JS Gujral, director, Recruitment, Chhattisgarh.
There is a similar response from the youth in the trouble torn regions of Jammu and Kashmir and the North East said the Adjutant General.
On Karnataka he expressed satisfaction over the levels of recruitment in Karnataka but said that the targets were not met under the technical entry scheme.
On the steps taken to overcome shortage of Officers in the Indian Army, he said that Army would encourage Short Service Commission wherein the youth can serve about 10-14 years and then take up other jobs.
He also said that the involvement of senior officers in the Sukhna land scam was an aberration which will not have any impact on the youth in joining the Indian Army.
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