Shillong, Dec. 19: Meghalaya today sent off 97 youths, including four from Assam, who have been inducted into the army.
The sendoff ceremony of new recruits turned emotional as parents and relatives attended the function, jointly organised by the army’s headquarters recruiting zone and the East Khasi Hills district administration, at U Soso Tham auditorium here.
Home minister Roshan Warjri graced the ceremony as chief guest in the presence of East Khasi Hills deputy commissioner Sanjay Goyal and other officials.
Later, the home minister flagged off three convoys carrying the new recruits, who will undergo training at various army units in the country.
Meghalaya is close to the heart of the Indian army, with Kargil martyr late Capt. Keishing Clifford Nongrum hailing from the hill state.
It was not clear, however, how many candidates belonged to the indigenous tribe of the state. Meghalaya has three major tribes — Khasi, Jaintia and Garo. Deputy director-general (headquarters recruiting zone) Shillong, Brig. Ranvijay Singh, told reporters that the number of candidates selected this year was the highest in the past five years. “Out of 97, four are from Assam,” Brig. Singh said. He did not elaborate on the number of candidates belonging to the indigenous tribes inducted into the army.
The brigadier admitted that candidates from other states did attempt to participate in the recruitment rally by claiming to be residents of Meghalaya and produced fraudulent domicile certificates. “This year we have detected around 58 candidates hailing from other states and handed them over to state police.” He also said a number of fake candidates distanced themselves after action from the army authorities.
Around 14,000 candidates had participated in the army recruitment rally held at Jawaharlal Nehru stadium here from July 20 to 28 this year. Earlier during the function, Warjri saluted the new recruits and exhorted the youths of the state to join the army and serve the nation. She also lauded the army authorities.
Brig. Singh assured that the intake capacity for Meghalaya would be improved and regretted that youths from the state were unable to perform in the written tests for technical posts. He said coaching classes were also conducted for the aspirants during the recruitment rally.
Adding that efforts are on to motivate the youths of the state to opt for army as a career, Brig. Singh said there were a number of vacancies in technical grades like clerks, nursing assistants, etc.
“The merit list for these categories is all-India based. People should study English and science with mathematics, physics, chemistry or biology up to Class XII. They must also try to get commissioned in the army, which provides an opportunity to live honourably and have a life of adventure,” Brig. Singh said.
Constable shoots self
A CRPF constable allegedly committed suicide this morning by shooting himself with his service rifle.
Police said Bhanwar Lal, 41, shot himself at the CRPF camp at Lawjynriew, Nongthymmai. The incident occurred around 5.15am. Lal belonged to the 67th battalion.
According to battalion commandant M.I. Malik, Lal was on duty when he shot himself on the chin, resulting in instant death. While no suicide note was found, it was suspected that Lal had some personal problems. The post-mortem has been conducted and Malik said the mortal remains would be sent to Lal’s home in Dilwara, Rajasthan.