Under the open sky, Army job aspirants get hardship ‘training’
Over 10,000 applicants from Godda, Pakur, Saraikela, Chatra and Ramgarh districts are scheduled to try their luck on Thursdayranchi Updated: Oct 12, 2017 11:01 IST
Morabadi ground area is considered as one of envious neighbourhoods in the state capital surrounded by canopy of trees, and well laid roads forming its boundaries from all sides.
In its close proximity is a football stadium and a huge park adding to the serene environment with its manicured grass and plants—often attracting city residents, especially in the morning hours, for jogging and regular exercises.
Things however have changed in the neighbourhood over the past few days as an unusually high number of youngsters could be seen loitering around and sleeping on the pavements and in the nearby park. These youth are camping in the city to try their luck in the ongoing recruitment drive for the Indian Army.
With lack of facilities, the applicants have been forced to spend their night on the road, as hiring a room in a guest house is beyond their financial reach. Also, since the aspirants start lining up for the early morning physical test by 11 pm, putting in even at a far off relative’s place can’t be an option.
“The entry for physical test begins at 2 am for which the applicants start lining up from around 11 pm. There is no way one can reach here from any distant place in late hours of the night. So we are forced to stay put at the available options,” said Abhinav Kumar, an applicant from Godda district.
The recruitment drive is an annual process conducted at the ground, inviting thousands of unemployed youth from across the state applying for the three-stage test—physical, medical and finally written examination. The ongoing exercise is underway for the first two stages.
Applicants are reporting for the test in batches, district wise. Applicants from Godda, Pakur, Saraikela, Chatra and Ramgarh districts are scheduled to try their luck on Thursday, an Armyman posted near the makeshift recruitment venue said.
“Over 10,000 applicants are expected to turn up on Thursday. Things are going to get worse in terms of facilities. The only community toilet complex in the vicinity is overcrowded. We are worried about the weather as well. If it rains, we won’t have any place to hide,” said Ajay, another applicant from Godda.
The supervisor of the Sulabh toilet complex, located in one corner of the park, said it was becoming increasingly difficult for him to cater to the increased influx of aspirants and maintain sanitation.
However, not everyone was found complaining. Pintu Yadav from Pakur district said he was aware of the challenges the applicants would face at the test venue and was warned about it by his elder brother, who was one of the lucky ones to have been selected in 2016.
“I only remember what my brother said: Jao aur naukri lekar aao (just go and get the job). He warned me, saying that the physical challenges outside are much less than what you face inside emotionally. Once the applicants are inside the test camp, they are treated with choicest of expletives by the supervisors during the drive. I am prepared for it,” said Pintu, wearing an earphone and his wet cotton towel hanging around his shoulders.
“I found a way out. A good samaritan uncle told me the address of a nearby temple. I went and freshened myself there. At the end of the day, it’s a matter of one night,” he added.