Despite the fact that the army has maximum recruits from Punjab, it is now finding it difficult to spot suitable young men from the state who have qualified Class 12 in science stream. As a result, it is forced to surrender technical posts from Punjab's quota.
The army has surrendered 30 and 47 posts in the technical section, respectively, in the past two years. However, in the soldier (general duty) and soldier (clerk) categories, it is still getting huge response in Punjab.
Colonel Sanjive Sirohi, officiating director general (recruitment), Punjab and J&K, said he has been conducting recruitments in the two states for the past two years, and found it very disappointing to surrender the posts due to non-availability of talent.
The army has posts of soldier (technical) reserved for the Mazhabi Sikhs. "Unfortunately, very few of applicants who fall under the category have such qualification, and those who possess the qualification fail to get through the recruitment process for other reasons. We have surrendered nearly 77 posts in last two years in this particular category. But in other categories, the army has no problem in getting talent," said Col Sirohi.
He said in that in the first three days of the ongoing recruitment rally here, 16,242 candidates appeared and 1,767 cleared. "Recruitment rallies in Ludhiana and Amritsar fetch more response," he added.
"As Ludhiana is an urbanised city and the people of the city are more aware as compared to other parts of the state, the menace of touts is near about zero here. But Intelligence personnel from the army and local police have been deployed outside the venue to keep a tab on people who lure aspirants by making false claims about selection," said Col Sirohi.
"We nabbed one tout during the recruitment rally in Amritsar and four during the rally conducted in Sangrur," he added.