The ministry of defence has finally made slight adjustments to its earlier ruling of not considering for selection candidates sporting tattoos on their body.
According to the latest amendments that have been notified to different recruitment boards of the armed forces, candidates with limited and prescribed sized tattoos on the inner parts of their arms or on the back of their hands (back of the palms) will be eligible for selection. The size of each tattoo has been limited to 5 cm in length and 3 cm in breadth.
So a candidate coming for an army recruitment rally can sport one or two tattoos at the most. In case of the inner arm, the tattoo must be between the wrist and the elbow.
According to an earlier ruling by the defence authorities, a candidate sporting a tattoo or tattoos on any part of the body was not to be considered for recruitment. However, probably sensing the fact that a number of youngsters, particularly those from rural areas, have their names or some religious symbol etched on their inner arms, the defence or army authorities modified the order. The old ruling could have kept a number of able-bodied youngsters away from the defence forces.
This was announced to the media here on Thursday by Col NA Seethi, director, recruitment, ahead of the army recruitment rally to be held at Khasa from August 6-13.
"I have received instructions and will abide by these. The decision was taken at the top level and so I am not aware of the reasons for the changes in the ruling," said Seethi.
The rally will be held for the selection of soldiers for general and technical duty. For general duty, the applicants must be from the districts of Amritsar, Gurdaspur, Pathankot and Tarn Taran while for technical duty they could be from any part of Punjab.
The screening for general duty will commence from August 6 for applicants from Tarn Taran district, followed by Amritsar (August 7), Gurdaspur (August 8) and Pathankot (August 9). For technical duty, the screening for all will be held on August 10. Those selected after screening, which would include a physical ability test, both for general and technical duty, will take a written test on August 26.
Replying to a query, Col Seethi said they were expecting a good response for the rally. Around 45,000 candidates were expected to turn out for the physical test, he added.
"The response from Punjab has always been good as compared to other states. The Punjabis normally clear all physical tests and parameters but it is the written test that is their weakness," he added.
The local army authorities have intimated the local administration about the rally. Police arrangements have also been sought for maintaining discipline outside the rally venue.
Illegal power connection to water pump removed.