Army recruitment drive in militant hotbed Kupwara sees 6500 applications

Jammu and Kashmir News

Kupwara: An overwhelming response was visible as youth in thousands turned up to participate in various tests conducted for enrollment into the Indian army at Panzgam of Kupwara district. The recruitment drive is a boon for the young men in the valley who were brought up under the shadow of militancy. This gives them an opportunity to be employed and lead a regular life.

Aspirants from different parts of Kupwara district were present on both these days and were seen in high spirits for undertaking tests and joining Indian Army.

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More than 4000 aspirants were present on 19th of May, the day the recruitment program commenced, while about 2500 aspirants were present for the recruitment process on the second day i.e. 20 May 2016. The ongoing recruitment rally entered into its third day successfully.

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This mammoth participation by the youth of Kashmir clearly indicates the firm desire of the Valley youth to serve their nation and join the Indian Army. Young men from the Valley are now joining the armed forces as it provides them with a stable and dignified career. It pays them decently and gives pensions which makes it a big draw. The dearth of jobs in the valley and the security of a government job at a young age are factors that are driving the Kashmiri youth to the army.

This is yet another endeavor undertaken by the Army to help the youth of the Valley by creating job opportunities for the educated lot.

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It is worth mentioning that Army has again announced recruitment rally scheduled to be held at Bandipora and Anantnag. The Rally at Bandipora will be conducted from 12-15 July 2016 and at Anantnag from 19-22 July 2016. The last date of submitting application is 26 Jun 2016.

The job-starved Kashmiri youth have turned a new leaf and plan on carrying it forward. Dressed in combat attires with close-chopped hair and rifle in one hand, these lads are a picture of pride for the state and the nation at large.