Sangrur,the largest producer of wheat in the state, has also high unemployment, which can be gauged from the fact that out of total participants, which were screened in the first leg of ongoing army recruitment rally here, more than 34% of candidates, are residents of Sangrur district.
Term it a passion to join the Indian army or lack of job opportunities even after having qualified degrees, out of total 13,000 aspirants, 4,500 candidates were registered from Sangrur district for physical fitness test on Thursday. The remaining 8,500 hailed from other districts, including Patiala, Mansa, Barnala and Fatehgarh Sahib. They took part in physical screening from May 5-7.
The army authorities are yet to give the exact figures about the candidates who have cleared physical test. The candidates, who will clear physical fitness test, will undergo medical examination and document scrutiny before appearing for written examination on May 25.
The aspirants are applying for posts of soldier at general duty, technical soldier, clerk, technical storekeeper and nursing assistant.
Deputy director-general recruiting (Punjab and Jammu & Kashmir) Brig Udai Yadav said they had always received rousing response from Punjab especially during recruitment rallies during these districts.
Asking the candidates to remain aware about touts, Yadav said gullible participants should not fall a prey to touts.
"The recruitment process is computerised and totally transparent. We have constituted five independent boards of officers for transparent recruitment process", he said.
During earlier recruitment rallies across the state, it came to notice that touts were collecting lakhs of money from gullible candidates on the pretext of providing them jobs. Participants are advised to refrain from interacting with touts or anti-social elements.
"Touts can't help in any way as recruitment is strictly on merit. Candidates using unfair means will be disqualified and punitive action will be taken against them", he said.
Meanwhile, tattoos lovers have been rejected at the first instance as the authorities have allowed permanent body tattoos on inner forearms i.e. from inside of elbow to the wrist and on the back side of palm.