Enlistment in army falls in Punjab

September 12th, 2012 - 8:45 pm ICT by IANS  

Chandigarh, Sep 12 (IANS) Once known as borough of young soldiers in its ranks, the reducing number of youth from Punjab is causing concern in the army.

General Officer Commanding-in-Chief of the Western Command, Lt. Gen. Sanjiv Chachra, expressed the concern to Punjab Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal during a meeting here Wednesday.

Gen. Chachra said that this was due to the deteriorating health and energy levels of Punjabi youth. He said that earlier Punjab was a major recruitment area for the Indian Army.

Badal said the Punjab government had established the Maharaja Ranjit Singh Armed Forces preparatory institute in Mohali near Chandigarh and two National Cadet Corps (NCC) academies at Ropar and Malout.

He said that plans were afoot to start an intensive Services Selection Board (SSB) training centre for girls.

Gen. Chachra also offered to initiate joint plans for ensuring more recruits from the state in the army.

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