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In Photo: The young recruits at the Army’s recruitment directorate office in Kolkata on Wednesday. Photo: MoD

By A Newsman

Kolkata, 23 September: THE ARMY’s recruitment directorate in Kolkata on Wednesday handed over Rahdari Certificates to 250 youths from Maoist-hit West Midnapore district in Bengal marking their formal induction into the Indian Army as soldiers.

The 250 youths are part of a group of 570 persons selected by the Army from the Maoist-hit areas of Bengal that also include East Midnapore, Bankura and Purulia districts. The remaining 320 selected youths will be handed over the Rahdari Certificates in the next few days.

Following this, the selected youths will be sent to designated Army Training Centres for sessions on operating arms and ammunition.

The 570 selected persons are among the 40,000-ood youths who had taken part in a recruitment rally conducted by the Army at Kharagpur in February for the five Bengal districts namely East Midnapore, West Midnapore, Howrah, Kolkata and South 24-Parganas.

The Army on Wednesday organised a special event at the office of the Directorate General Recruiting (West Bengal, Sikkim & Odisha) at the Bengal Area headquarters and handed over the recruitment certificates to the 250 West Midnapore youths in presence of their parents and kin.

Maj Gen Ashok Kumar, the officiating general officer commanding Bengal Area HQ, Bengal sports and youth affairs secretary Rajesh Pandey and the district magistrate of West Midnapore Jagdish Prasad Meena were present on the occasion.

Army’s deputy director general recruiting, Brig SS Prasad said that they would conduct another recruitment rally for the Maoist-hit areas in January-February next year.

In all, the Army’s Recruitment Directorate conducts 14 recruitment rallies in West Bengal every year and now on, two of them will be held in the Maoist-affected districts, Brig Prasad said.