Staff Reporter

Detects four cases of military employment fraud

Middlemen collect money from youth in rural areas

Internal checks done to prevent corruption

Thiruvananthapuram: The Army has warned youth against falling prey to intrigues of deceitful middlemen who promise military jobs for money.

Interacting with journalists here, Brigadier J.M. Devadoss (Deputy Director General Recruitment for Karnataka, Kerala, Mahe and Lakshadweep) said the Army had recently stumbled upon four such cases of military employment fraud.

Shadowy middlemen had collected money, up to Rs.60,000 in one case, from youth aspiring to join the Army in the ‘Soldier General Duty’ category prior to a recruitment rally.

Subsequently, the middlemen despatched letters to the candidates informing them that they had qualified for enrolment into the Indian Army. The racket came to light when the defrauded youth presented themselves at the Army’s Branch Recruiting Office, Bangalore. The middlemen have remained elusive ever since, he said.

Even those who passed the recruitment test in natural course have been tricked into paying money to the middlemen. The touts seemed to have convinced the youth that they had got through the recruitment process because of their machinations.

One method of operation practiced by the middlemen was to collect money from youth in rural areas having no immediate access to Army Recruiting Offices by informing them in “advance” about their rank number. The Army would reward those who provide information on such middlemen. The Brigadier urged youth not to believe in the claims made by such middlemen. There is no room for any malpractice or extraneous intervention in the recruitment process. For instance, the fingerprints of candidates are recorded and biometrically compared at every stage of the recruitment process to ensure that there is no impersonation.

Question papers for the written tests are prepared and delivered to examination centres in a highly secure manner. There is one invigilator for every four candidates appearing for the test. Different sets of question papers are printed for the same test at a Central Government security press. The question paper to be distributed to candidates will be chosen randomly at the last minute. (Candidates could log on to www.zrobangalore.org for downloading sample question papers. The web site will soon be made available in regional languages).

There are sufficient internal checks and balances to ensure there is no favouritism or corruption in the recruitment process. He said the Army has expelled soldiers with up to five years of service after it was proven that they had submitted false documents at the time of enrolment.

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