The Indian Army has been conducting a massive recruitment drive in the districts of Samba and Budgam in Jammu and Kashmir from the first week of October. Training is being imparted to the boys so that they can compete and get recruited. Republic TV has accessed exclusive footage, where the participants can be seen going through rigorous training to achieve their targets in order to get recruited. The video showcases the youth in an act of strenuous exercises, carrying forward with multiple exertions in lieu of getting trained by the army. This comes 62 days after the abrogation of Article 370.
Hundreds of young men have turned up in the recruitment drive, who have been travelling from various sections of the state to the training venue. After the training is completed, the youth would get recruited as general or technical soldiers and nursing assistants or tradesmen in any formation of the Army. Speaking to Republic TV, the youth spoke of how they are especially excited to be a part of this drive. They further added that such a drive had not taken place in the state in years.
'We are very excited about this. We are working hard day in, day out. We are running for this. In the last two-three months, the number of people who have registered, we are very happy with that and it is a very proud moment for us that people are getting into the police. This is happening after a very long time,' a local exclaimed in a statement.
Speaking about the rigorous routine, another local stated 'See we come at 4:30 in the morning, we practice till its 7 am. Then we get some guidelines for the entire day. Then we again practice in the evening so that we can get fitter than before,'
The recruits will be selected for over 2,780 vacant posts in the regiment. Army Recruiting Office (ARO) will conduct rallies to select the recruits. In August, over 575 youth from the state of Jammu and Kashmir joined the Indian Army's Jammu Kashmir Light Infantry (JKLI) Battalion. After the induction, a passing out parade took place at the Bana Singh Parade Ground of JAK LI.