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Army recruitment rally in Jaipur beats COVID blues, witnesses the highest turnout in the state

Thousands attend the Indian Army recruitment drive in Rajasthan yet not even a single candidate has tested COVID positive, so far.

While the Indian army is committed to its promise of providing jobs to deserving aspirants despite the woes caused by the pandemic, it is the turnout at the recruitment rally in Pink City Jaipur that is beating all COVID blues. As many as 72,473 candidates registered online for the drive here and 43,475 candidates participated in the drive, higher than that of Udaipur at 41,386. Conducted between March 8-21, the Jaipur run was attended by 41,698 aspirants, the PRO Defence of state added.

A detailed COVID-19 defence strategy at Army recruitment camps

Notwithstanding the second wave of the coronavirus pandemic crashing in Rajasthan, the Indian Army is conducting recruitment rallies here, by authority of strict COVID-19 protocols."We are following all the Covid protocols while conducting these drives. The candidates need to submit two certificates -- a Covid asymptomatic certificate duly stamped and certified by a government doctor, and a no-risk certificate. Also, help is being sought from the civil administration for all kinds of medical back-up in case of any eventuality," the state Defence PRO stated.

Officials have confirmed that the footfall at the drives is running in thousands despite the COVID scare yet not even a single positive case has been reported so far from these rallies. This is because, "We are also taking prevention at our end, which includes vaccinating the staff deployed for the recruitment drives, providing PPE kits to those manning the entry points, etc. Even the doctors and the medical teams assisting us have been provided with PPE kits," he added.

"Further, there are temperature guns at the entry points to do random testing of candidates feeling uneasy/unwell. Each candidate must carry his own mask and sanitiser. Also, sanitising machines have been placed at every strategic point which are refilled regularly. Proper disposal of used PPE kits is being carried out in coordination with the civil administration. Also, the candidates are regularly instructed to follow social distancing measures," the official elaborated.

Indian Army recruitment runs in Rajasthan

The PRO also informed that about 66,649 candidates registered online for the army recruitment rally conducted at the Maharana Pratap Khel Gaon in Udaipur from February 8-27. About 41,698 candidates attended the rally. The recruitment drive at Amer in Jaipur from March 8-21 saw 72,473 candidates registering online." The Jaipur rally saw the participation of 43,475 candidates, while the run was attended by 41,698 aspirants," he added.

The next rally has been scheduled at Alwar from April 20 to May and about 15, 69,344 persons have registered online. Of these, 30,065 candidates belong to Alwar, 19,435 are from Bharatpur, 6,017 from Dausa, 6,298 from Dholpur, 5,808 from Karauli while 1,721 are from Sawai Madhopur.

The screening process is very thorough and candidates have to clear several stages before recruitment. These include physical fitness test, medical examination and document verification. The candidates who clear the selection process become eligible to appear for the Common Entrance Test.

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