Sunday, October 25, 2009

Fake certificate and growing attraction to CRPF : trouble for Army

Fake certificates of class X and XII being furnished by youths for recruitment in the Army have become a big problem even as the Army struggles to understand the growing interest of the youngsters towards a career in the CRPF.
About 40 fake certificates were detected in the last Army recruitment rally held in Samba forcing the officials to carry “fake notes detecting machines” at a rally underway in Jammu these days. The machines are being used to verify the certificates, disclosed a senior Army officer.
The rally for the recruitment of soldiers on general, technical and clerical duties, besides as nursing assistants under process since October 20 at the Sanjuwan military station has attracted around 15,000 candidates from 10 districts of the Jammu division.
This is too low compared to near 35,000 candidates who had queued up at an Army recruitment rally in Samba in January this year. The Army is deliberating on the causes that are attracting youths towards the CRPF.
“The CRPF is also in the process of recruiting constables in the state. We have noticed youngsters prefer the CRPF more as it may offer them more postings near home or in urban areas than the Army, where every two years the place of posting is changed,” said Col Sanjeev Dubey, Director, Zonal recruiting office, Jalandhar. The directorate recruits youths from Punjab and Jammu and Kashmir.
CRPF spokesman Prabhakar Tripathi, while talking to The Tribune over the phone, confirmed the growing interest of youngsters towards the CRPF. “I don’t have ready data available, but we have received a overwhelming response to the recruitment rally in the state,” he said.
While the Army in a bid to attract youths pasted posters regarding the recruitment rally in civil areas instead of the usual practise of displaying them near Amry offices this time, the detection of fake certificates is giving the officials quite a headache.
“We have written to the Board of School Education (BOSE) to take necessary action against students faking certificates, check the hologram on the certificates and take some steps,” said Dubey.
Dubey revealed the Army had already spread awareness against agents who claimed they could manage recruitment. “We conduct tests before all candidates and invite the media also. Agents just cheat youths by taking money from them and claim credit if any of them is selected,” he added.
The basic education qualification for recruitment as soldiers is class XII. “But we get youths with higher qualification. There are many studying in graduation classes while a few are even science graduates.”

Psychological test

In order to check suicide incidents, the Army is for the first time conducting psychology tests on the youths at the time of recruitment as soldiers. Till now, only psychology tests at officer level was being conducted.
Col Dubey revealed a trial run of psychology test was conducted. “However, it was found that the test was tough for students of class X and XII. Now, the written psychology test for soldiers would have about 15 questions.”
He cautioned no psychological tests were foolproof. “Our studies reveal most of the soldiers committing suicide were confronting domestic problems.”

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