Army Undertakes Recruitment Drive In Kashmir Valley9 May 2010
kupwara: The Indian Army is conducting a recruitment rally in the Kupwara District of Jammu and Kashmir to provide an opportunity to unemployed youth to join. The rally is being conducted in phases. Currently, it is being held at the headquarters of 28 Infantry Division in Kupwara. 'We started the recruitment rally on April 30. The phase one of the rally was conducted in Tangdhar and Vajra Shakti Bridage (It involves exercising an infantry division and an independent mechanized brigade of 11 Corps). They requested us and you know that it is a difficult and remote region of the country. The second phase is being conducted here in Trigram, as you can see. This is the Vajra Division; the rally is being conducted here on their request,' said Brigadier K D Malhotra, 28 Infantry Division, Kupwara. He also said that several candidates have turned up in spite of bad weather. Passion for joining the army could be seen in every candidate, he added. 'Sir, I would love to join the army. I had a brother who was in the army. One day we went to a forest just like that, where he was shot dead in front of me. That day, I took a pledge to join the army. I feel that even if I have to sacrifice my life, I would do that because I have seen so much,' said Ghulam Qadir, a candidate. Unemployment is a major problem in the border and militancy prone areas of the Kashmir Valley. Such rallies are seen as a good opportunity for the unemployed young generation of the region. Such rallies are held more in the backward and underdeveloped areas of Kashmir like Tangdhar, Gurez, Keran, Machil.