For the upcoming army recruitment rally at Tibri Cantt in Gurdaspur, the timeframe for candidates from each district has been extended to two days to avoid rush and ensure the smooth conduct of the rally.
Army recruitment rallies across the region witness heavy turnout.
Earlier, each district was given a day.
The rally at Tibri is being organised for residents of border districts of Amritsar, Tarn Taran, Gurdaspur and Pathankot. Soldiers for general duty, technical duty and the trades of clerk and nursing assistant will be selected during the 10-day rally beginning on February 6.
Disclosing this to the media here on Saturday, Col NA Seethi, director, recruitment, said that only residents of the four border districts would apply for soldiers for general duty while for the other posts, the applicants can be from any place in Punjab.
He said that this time the recruiting authorities would be using indelible ink, as used in elections. Those candidates will be marked with the ink who fail to clear the height parameters and do not run the 1.6-km race within the stipulated time, he added.
Appealing to the candidates and their families to beware of touts and agents, Col Seethi said, "The final selection will be based on the physical, medical and written test, purely on merit. Nobody can stop a fit candidate and no one can enroll an unfit candidate at any cost."
He asked the interested candidates to bring all the required certificates and documents that have been asked for. He also appealed to candidates to clean their ears and also their teeth.
He made it clear that tattoos would be permitted only on the back of the palm and inside of the arm and on no other body part. The size of the tattoos has already been notified by the army authorities.
For better management of the crowd, the army authorities have already held a meeting with senior civil and police officials of Gurdaspur. In the last rally at Tibri about three years ago, the police had to resort to a cane-charge due to poor management.