10,000 aspirants appear on day 2
The ongoing army recruitment being held at Guru Nanak Stadium, Kapurthala, received an overwhelming response from the youth belonging to Hoshiarpur district. Nearly 10,000 aspirants appeared from the district on the second day of the recruitment.punjab Updated: Oct 16, 2012 21:41 IST
The ongoing army recruitment being held at Guru Nanak Stadium, Kapurthala, received an overwhelming response from the youth belonging to Hoshiarpur district. Nearly 10,000 aspirants appeared from the district on the second day of the recruitment.
On day 1, nearly 5,000 aspirants appeared for recruitment from Jalandhar, Nawanshahar and Kapurthala districts, army sources revealed.
Such a huge response from Hoshiarpur also called ire from the participants. "It was astonishing to see that on Tuesday, 200 to 250 students were asked to run simultaneously, while on Monday, only 40 to 50 were running together," rued Karamjeet Singh, a resident of Hoshiarpur.
"On day 1 and 2, recruitment drive was conducted for soldiers (general duty) while on Wednesday, aspirants across the state would appear for soldiers (technical duty)," said Naresh Vig, defence PRO.
"It is too early to say about the selections now as to scrutinise such a large number of youth, a lot of hard work and paper work is required," he added.
On day 3, Col A Bisht, deputy director, general recruiting, (J&K and Punjab), will inspect the proceedings of the recruitment.
Meanwhile, the aspirants had a tough time as they had to spend night on footpaths due to lack of arrangements for their stay. The footpaths on both sides of nearly 500 m of the recruitment venue were seen packed with young boys, easing themselves by lying on road.
"Lack of drinking water facility remained the major cause of worry for all aspirants. The army authorities or district administration should have installed water tankers for the convenience of the participants which spent a scorching day during the recruitment," said Rajan Seth and Sunil Verma from Nawanshahar district.
Due to sudden arrival of such a large number of youth, the city also witnessed shortage of packets of milk, sources said.