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Hoping for a bright career in Army

Girish Pattanashetti



Waiting for their turn: Mahalingesh Polennavar (right) and others from the flood-hit villages at the Army recruitment camp in Gadag on Thursday.

GADAG: Mahalingesh K. Polennavar, who has just completed his ITI course, was eagerly waiting for his medical test at the Army recruitment camp being held at the K.H. Patil Stadium here on Thursday.

With the recent rain and floods destroying everything his family owned at Danyala in Bijapur taluk on the banks of the Doni, Mahalingesh decided to join the Army after learning about the recruitment camp in the city.

He expressed the hope that he would clear the final medical examination that would make him eligible for the written examination for selection.

Mahalingesh’s family owns two acres of land at Danyala village.

The sunflower crop grown on the land was destroyed in the recent rain and floods. With future not so promising for him in his village, he came to Gadag on Monday to attend the Army recruitment camp.

He expressed happiness stating that he cleared the physical fitness round on Tuesday and qualified for the medical test on Thursday. After reaching Gadag on Monday, he has been having a single meal at “dasoha” (mass feeding) in Vireshwara Punyashrama and spending the night at the stadium.

Anand Sambaji Gaikwad too faces similar problems at home. Hailing from Hosur in Jamakhandi taluk of Bagalkot district, his family grows vegetables. With the recent rain destroying the crop grown on the land owned by his family, Anand, a B.Com student, came to Gadag on Monday hoping for a bright career in the Army.

Many from the flood-hit villages of north Karnataka are in Gadag with the aim of getting into the Army.

The Army recruitment camp was rescheduled because of the floods. It evoked a good response with 8,500 candidates appearing for selection on the first day. The Director of the Army Recruitment Directorate, Belgaum, Col. T.K. Singh, said that the response was tremendous. Elaborate arrangements had been made for the smooth conduct of the recruitment drive, he added.

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