An Indian Army recruitment drive conducted in Gantamulla district in Baramulla received a populous response from the youth of Kashmir.
The official handle of the Indian Army gave a glimpse of the Kashmiri youths turning in large numbers to join the defence force during the recruitment drive. The recruitment rally being held at the Baramulla area saw thousands of youngsters coming in from North Kashmir region that includes- Baramulla, Kupwara and Bandipura.
Army aspirants could be seen queued up at the recruitment drive, despite the falling temperatures, the video captures the drive being held amid the snowfall with snow-clad mountains in the backdrop.
ANI spoke to an aspirant in the recruitment drive being held on February 19 to fill 111 vacancies, where a youth Bilal Ahmad said that this will be an opportunity to serve the nation and sustain the family.
He said, "We will get the chance to sustain our families and serve our nation, what else can one want?"
Back in 2018 July, nearly 19,000 Kashmiri youth applied for getting recruited in the Indian Army.
A recruitment drive that was being held at Haiderbeig in Pattan area of north Kashmir’s Baramulla district and 18931 registrations had been received online from across the 10 districts of the Valley, Defence spokesperson Colonel Rajesh Kalia told PTI here.
This drive comes in the wake of the valley being a victim to terrorist insurgency and separatism, instigated from across the border to maintain unrest in the country.
Earlier on Tuesday in a press brief, Lt Gen KJS Dhillon, Corps Commander of Chinar Corps, Indian Army, appealed to the mothers of Kashmiri youth, asking their sons who have joined terrorism to surrender.
He said, "I would like to tell one thing to parents of the local youth especially the mothers as I understand and know that a mother has a great role to play in Kashmiri society. I request all mothers of Kashmir, please tell your sons who have joined terrorism to surrender and get back to the to the mainstream.
"Anyone who picks up guns in Kashmir will be eliminated unless they surrender. This is a message and request for all mothers. There is a very good surrender policy initiated by the government so they can join the mainstream and pursue their life," he added.