After 55 posts drew 20,000 Kashmiri youth for army recruitment rally in Srinagar last month, army is now back with another recruitment drive.
Army Recruiting Office, Srinagar informed that an open recruitment rally is for Soldier General Duty (GD), Soldier Clerk/ Store Keeper Technical (Clk/SKT) and Soldier Technical (Tech) at Pattan and Islamabad from April 13-22, 2015.
Candidates hailing from Islamabad, Baramulla, Srinagar, Kupwara, Budgam, Pulwama, Bandipora, Ganderbal, Kulgam and Shopian districts are eligible for the rally.
The rally will kick start with screening of candidates at Pattan on April 13, 2015 for Bandipora, Ganderbal and Srinagar.
A day after, youth from Baramulla and Kupwara will be screened at Pattan.
At Islamabad, screening is on April 18 for youth from Pulwama, Shopian and Kulgam. A day after, youth from Budgam and Islamabad will be screened.
“Screening will be followed by Common Entrance Exam (CEE) for qualified and medically fit candidates held at Pattan on April 26, 2015,” the army informed.
Notably, it is second army recruitment rally within a month’s time. And the ‘swift’ timing has literally set the rumour mills on fire.
“It is another leaf out of Army’s ‘heart as weapon’ doctrine,” some said.
“It is nothing but to emerge as a reckoning employer in the highest militarized zone of world,” another rumour.
But rumours apart, the fact is: last month’s recruitment drive conducted at Rangreth’s JAKLI headquarters drew youth in droves. Not only onlookers, but even army reportedly was surprised to see the rush.
In fact, the desperation for handful posts turned the situation violent, which forced state forces to intervene and brought the situation under control.
Later, while clearing army’s stand, defense spokesman in Srinagar, Lieutenant Col NN Joshi, said the recruitment drive was for the Territorial Army and not for the JAKLI.
Those who had turned up for the rally were from far off places like Kupwara, Baramullah, Bandipora and Kulgam districts apart from nearby Srinagar and Budgam.
Among the sea of faces, some were holding post graduate degrees.
Keeping last month’s images at recruitment rally in view, many say, sections of Kashmiri youth caught in unemployment are getting restive to break their career deadlock—and hence, they instantly fall in lines, without making much of the image of their employer.
Army on its part, it is said, is too “sensitive” to the growing desire of Kashmiri youth to join military and has started “conducting recruitment” in phased manner.
So, are Pattan and Islamabad another Rangreth in making? Well, days of wait now.