ANDHRA PRADESH

`No scope for corruption in Army recruitment '

TIRUPATI, OCT. 11. Brigadier G. Jai Kumar, Southern region, Indian Army and Deputy Director-General (Recruitment) has asserted that the process of recruitment into the army is totally transparent, adding, "there is no scope for malpractice, nepotism or corruption."

The brigadier paid a visit to the SVU Tarakarama stadium here on Monday to supervise the army recruitment rally in progress.

Aspirants cautioned

Speaking to mediapersons later, he recalled that transparency was introduced into the system with the introduction of the open recruitment process in 1998 to enable selection of eligible candidates by holding a recruitment rally, thus eliminating the scope for favouritism.

He also cautioned the aspirants against resorting to manipulation or approaching touts or coaching centres seeking favours, revealing that some candidates had presented fake certificates in the present rally.

Mr. Kumar said the Army had started looking beyond the cities and towns for holding such rallies, following the State Government's plea to the Defence Ministry to recruit candidates from rural areas. The zonal office at Lucknow and Pune are in the forefront in the country in terms of recruitment, followed by Chennai (under which Andhra Pradesh is covered), he said.

He also acknowledged the efforts of the youth services wing in preparing the candidates ahead of the rally.

The SETVEN chief executive officer, E. Pratap, was present.

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