940 candidates screened in Army rally

The recruitment drive for 9 districts to continue till May 2

Speaking to media persons on Thursday, Col Deshpande, who is in-charge of 9 districts for recruitment including Dakshina Kannada, Udupi, Uttara Kannada, Shimoga, Hassan, Kodagu, Chikmagalur, Davangere and Chitradurga, said that the response for Soldier (Technical) and Soldier (Nursing Assistant) was not encouraging from South Karnataka when compared to North Karnataka.

The rally is being held to recruit candidates for Soldier (General duty), Soldier (Technical), Soldier (Nursing Assistant), Soldier (Clerk/SKT) and all category of Tradesmen, he informed.

Stating that the Army provides excellent remuneration and facilities for soldiers especially after the implementation of the 6th pay commission, Col Deshpande said at present a Jawan gets approximately Rs 10,000 per month salary. However, it may go up to Rs 20,000 if the Jawan is posted in field areas. Besides, the soldiers are provided free clothing, ration, accommodation, medical benefits and free railway warrants. In addition, canteen store facilities are also provided at subsidised rates, he said.

The rally will continue till May 2 and includes physical test (to run 1.6 kms in stipulated time), jumping a 9 feet ditch, walking over a horizontal beam and medical tests. The selected candidates will have to appear for a writtent test to be held on July 25, 2010.

Beware of touts

Col Deshpande appealed to the candidates and their parents not to fall prey to touts who claim to provide jobs in the Army by taking a huge sum of money.

“Though we have not come across any such case in Mangalore, such incidents are not uncommon in other regions,” he said and claimed that a few persons have been nabbed for taking about Rs 20,000 to Rs 30,000 from the candidates assuring them jobs in Army.

Meanwhile, he also said that nearly 1,000 candidates have been rejected in the initial stages in Mangalore rally as they did not meet the basic requirements such as height or if they do not belong to the nine districts mentioned above or if they have failed to provide any necessary documents.

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