Srinagar, March 7: The local youth of Jammu and Kashmir in huge numbers took part in the ongoing recruitment drive by the Territorial Army (TA) being held in Doda district for 57 vacancies.
The recruitment drive for the four districts-Doda, Kishtwar, Ramban and Udhampur-commenced on March 5 and will culminate on March 13.
An aspirant Nawaz Ahmad says, “I’ve attempted it 12-13 times so far. I’ll keep trying till I’m eligible. I’ve been interested in joining Indian Army since my childhood days.” Further talking about his aspiration he added, ” I want to serve the nation and also earn livelihood to survive.
“I want to serve the nation and also earn a livelihood to survive. I am very poor and live very far from here, the Imam of the mosque in my area gave me Rs 1500 from the Mosque’s fund so that I can reach here. Indian Army treats everyone very nicely and I want to do the same,” he added.
He said that unemployment is the biggest challenge in Jammu and Kashmir.
Last month also just a week after Pulwama terror attack, thousands of Kashmiri youth swarmed the army recruitment rally in Baramulla district of Jammu and Kashmir to apply for the 111 posts.
The February 14 Kashmir suicide bombing killed 40 CRPF troopers which was claimed by the Jaish-e-Mohammed (JeM).
India, in retaliation, bombed the JeM’s biggest training camp in Pakistan’s Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province and claimed to have killed a large number of terrorists.
This was followed by Pakistan capturing Indian Air Force (IAF) pilot Abhinandan Varthaman after his MiG-21 fighter jet was shot down during a dogfight near the Line of Control (LoC) on February 27. He was released by Islamabad on March 1 under intense international pressure which was termed as a “peace gesture” by Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan.