Concerned over touts attempting to lure candidates into a fake recruitment net, army officials have come up with a unique initiative to give additional relaxation to the candidates who assist army to apprehend touts who camp near recruitment drive centres.
The recruitment drive of five districts-Mansa, Patiala, Barnala, Sangrur and Fatehgarh Sahib-is currently going on at the cantonment area in Patiala.
During previous recruitment rallies across the state, officials found that touts were collecting money from gullible candidates on the pretext of providing them jobs.
Director recruitment Colonel Jaisheel Kaushal said they are more vigilant this time and have activated their intelligence wing. The candidates have also been asked to help them in apprehending touts.
"The candidates, who help us tighten the noose against the touts, will be given additional relaxation in physical, medical and written examinations", said Colonel Kaushal. "However, no candidate has approached us so far," he added.
The Colonel also mentioned that the candidates are being shown a short informative documentary during recruitment rallies so as to make them aware of the touts.
"Intelligence personnel from army and local police have been deployed outside recruitment centres to curb activities of people who lure aspirants by making false claims about their selection," he added.
"Touts can't help in any way as we have a very open system of recruitment, with merit as the only criterion," said Colonel Kaushal.
Not a single candidate tests positive in dope test
With drug addiction among youth is a cause of worry, the army has conducted dope test on around 2000 candidates since January 14. However, not even a single candidate has been tested positive so far.
"The test was conducted to ensure that no candidate could participate in physical test by consuming banned substances," Colonel Kaushal said.