Arrangements in place for Army rally

Medical team, ambulance to be at hand for emergencies during physical fitness test

Staff Reporter

VISAKHAPATNAM: All arrangements are in place for the Army recruitment rally to be held here from July 8 to 15.

The District Revenue Officer, A. Ramakrishna Rao, and the District Youth Services Officer, V.N. Rao, told reporters on Tuesday that they had taken all precautions to hold the rally at the Indira Priyadarshini Municipal Stadium in an orderly manner. Separate dates have already been notified for candidates coming from different districts to avoid rush at the venueA record number of 50,000 candidates appeared at the rally last year. Officials expect an impressive turnout similar to last year at the current rally.

Candidates from Visakhapatnam, Khammam, Vizianagaram, Visakhapatnam, East Godavari and West Godavari and Yanam (part of Union Territory of Pondicherry) are eligible to take part in the rally. Selections will be made for the posts of soldier (tradesman, general duty, clerk, technical and nursing assistants. Non-matriculates will be considered separately for soldier (general duty).

Candidates have to report at the rally along with original and photostat copies of nativity, date of birth and academic certificates. Concessions will be given to NCC `C' certificate holders.

Special buses

Asked to comment on the impact of the RTC bus strike, Mr. Ramakrishna Rao said: "We will consider deploying special buses from various places to enable candidates to reach the city for participating the rally."

Tests will be conducted for candidates from Visakhapatnam (for soldier general duty) on July 10 and 11 and Srikakulam and Vizianagaram (ex-servicemen and war widows' quota) on July 8.

Owing to the rigorous nature of physical fitness tests, a medical team along with an ambulance will be kept ready to shift the candidates in case of an emergency.

Mr. V.N. Rao said the rally was being held in the city in response to a proposal submitted by the District Collector, Praveen Prakash, to the Army headquarters.

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