A week-long open recruitment rally for the Indian army started at the Baru polytechnic ground in the town on Tuesday. There was a heavy rush of job-seekers that reached here from different parts of Una district.
Braving biting cold in the early morning hours, candidates, accompanied by their parents, converged on the ground and marked their presence before recruitment staff.
Col SB Mathur, recruitment officer of Hamirpur, told HT that the recruitment process started with a ground test of the candidates. Candidates appeared in physical tests to join the Indian army as sepoys.
He said a computerised process was being followed to make the recruitment foolproof and transparent. He appealed to the candidates and their families not to fall a prey to the evil designs of touts who might try to approach them for the enrolment in the army. He claimed that since complete transparency would be maintained during the rally, no one would be able to misguide the youth.
This reporter visited various parts of the town, especially the Baru area, and found that the youngsters were busy finding places for their night halt as well as to make arrangements for their dinner.
Rohan Sharma of Una said it was going to be a tough task as it was too cold in Hamirpur and there were not much places available for the night stay. He said the rates of all items in hotels had increased manifold.
However, an official spokesman claimed that the administration would not allow anyone to fleece the customers in wake of huge rush of people visiting the town for the recruitment rally. He said those found over charging eatables and other items would be taken to task and cases would be registered against them.
In a humanitarian gesture, nearly 100 job seekers were provided free-of-cost langar by the local Shiva temple committee at the main bazaar temple on Monday night.
Meanwhile, a team of the department of the police and CID also remained active so that no tout was able to extract money from candidates and their parents on the pretext of providing them jobs.