PUNE: Around 9,000 army job aspirants will travel from Pune district to Ahmednagar to participate in the Agniveer rally from August 23 to September 11 at Mahatma Phule Krishi Vidyapeeth grounds in Rahuri, about 148 km from here.
This is the second recruitment rally under the Agnipath scheme in the state. The first rally was held at Aurangabad on August 13.
The army authorities could not hold the rally in Pune city due to logistical issues. During the last territorial army recruitment in 2019, candidates had to sleep on pavements. The traffic police had to make several diversions to regulate the vehicular movement on various roads. It was a chaotic situation in the military areas of Pune cantonment.
“Considering all these issues, Rahuri was selected as the venue for the upcoming rally,” said a senior army officer who did not wish to be named.
“The Ahmednagar district administration has made all necessary arrangements, including drinking water and mobile toilets, for candidates. They would be provided with fruits. Buses would be arranged for pick up and drop to Ahmednagar city. All this logistical support will facilitate smooth conduct of the rally over the next two weeks,” the officer added.
Apart from Pune, about 68,000 candidates from Ahmednagar, Solapur, Beed, Latur, and Osmanabad districts would try their luck for approximately 2,000 vacancies for general duty, technical and clerical posts.
Approximately, 5000 aspirants would be called daily at the recruitment rally. They would have to first appear for a 1.6 km run, physical fitness test, physical measurement test, and medical examination at the venue, the officials said.
“A team of army doctors will carry out the basic medical test of candidates who pass the physical test. Only special medical cases will be referred to the Command Hospital of the Southern Command for further medical examination,” added the officer.
This year, the recruitment rally received an overwhelming response as it is being conducted after a gap of two years. The army could not hold the rally due to Covid-19 restrictions across the country, the officials said.
“The response to the rally is positive as 68,000 aspirants have registered as against 44,000 in the last rally in Beed in 2019. Those candidates who could not participate in rallies in the last two years have also got an age relaxation of two years. This factor also contributed to the large turnout at the rally,” said another senior army officer.
Apart from the district administration, the Local Military Authority (LMA), the Mechanised Infantry Regimental Centre and Armoured Corps Centre and the school have provided logistical support to the Army Recruiting Zone Pune.