Started with much enthusiasm on Wednesday, physical tests for the Punjab Police recruitment were stopped midway as rain lashed Gandhi Grounds here in the afternoon.
Applicants for the post of constable started lining up outside the venue from 7am, while police commissioner Amar Singh Chahal monitored the recruitment process since the morning. After it started raining in the afternoon, the entire ground got drenched and the registration area set up by the police was also affected.
Finally, Chahal suspended the process for the day around 1pm. The police chief said the recruitment process will start again once the ground is cleared. The applicants were told that they will be informed about the revised schedule a day in advance.
Chahal said there are around 22,000 applicants who will appear for the recruitment process in Amritsar. “It will take more than a month to complete it,” he said.
As long as the recruitment process was in progress on Wednesday, major focus remained on dope test of the applicants. As the Punjab government has made it mandatory for all applicants to test for drug abuse, a team of doctors and laboratory technicians was present to collect their samples and test these on the spot.
“An applicant has to clear the dope test before undergoing mandatory physical tests and measurements. We are closely monitoring the entire process,” said Chahal.