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TURA: A five-day Army Recruitment Rally is being held for the candidates of Garo Hills, Jaintia Hills and Ri Bhoi districts at Dikki-Bandi Stadium, Tura from April 14 to 18, 2015.
Chief Minister Mukul Sangma said that "there is an attractive space for our youth in the Army and the Defence forces and that the huge turnout of the youth for the recruitment rally only inspires us to think of ways to engage with the army and see how best we can utilize this space so that our young aspiring youths can find themselves fitting in to serve the nation".
"Defence is an amazing opportunity for our youth not only from the perspective of job opportunities but from the perspective of serving the Nation," Sangma said and expressed his sincere gratitude to the recruiting team from Shillong for taking special consideration in view of the challenges faced by the youths of the state of Meghalaya in getting through various tests.
He also said that the Army intends to recruit huge number of youths in the technical category which earlier used to require substantial percentage of marks to be secured by the aspiring candidates. Now the overall aggregate percentage has been reduced to 45% rather than the 45% which was required specifically for Mathematics and Science subjects. This message has to be passed on to all the aspiring youths coming from science background who will be the eligible candidates for filling up the vacancies in the technical posts, he added. He also informed that as far as the general duty cadres are concerned class VIII pass is the required qualification and the most important aspect would be to look at their physical and medical fitness and also ensure that they make it through the written tests.
The Chief Minister was impressed by the huge turnout of youths from Garo Hills and Jaintia Hills and hoped that the turnout will only go on increasing as the rally progresses in the next few days. He said after the candidates make it through the physical and medical fitness tests, the district administration will provide all the necessary handholding support to all of them to prepare for the written tests and asked the Deputy Commissioner to have a dedicated telephone number which should be given to them so that they will be able to get in touch with them if they want to avail the support being provided by the Government through the District Administration in all the respective districts.
He later flagged off the inaugural run for the candidates of the Army recruitment rally.
Earlier, West Garo Hills Deputy Commissioner, Pravin Bakshi in his address informed that this rally has materialized after three long years due to the personal initiative of the Chief Minister, adding that the Army provides great job opportunities for the youth of Garo Hills and that there are unlimited vacancies to be filled up both in the general category and technical. He also thanked the Indian Army Recruiting Office, Shillong, for their active support and meticulous planning to make the rally a success.
Others present at the inaugural function include Director-General for Recruitment, Brig Lamba, Col. Amar Singh, team of officials from Army Recruiting Office, Shillong and officials from BSF, CRPF and the district.