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Naga girls want to be the daring ones in uniform

A candidate undergoing fitness test at Nagaland Armed Police Training Centre (NAPTC), Chumukedima on Thursday.
Staff Reporter Dimapur, May 7(NPN):
Published on 8 May. 2009 12:48 AM IST
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The scenario of chronic unemployment in Nagaland has again been revealed when more than 1500 young girls, many of them graduates and some even post graduates, from all over Nagaland, turned up for the outdoor test for 82 posts of Havildars (GD) in the Mahila Battalion (IR) conducted at the NAPTC Chumukedima Thursday. Earlier on May 6, 700 graduates and several post graduates turned up for the outdoor tests for filling up 21 posts of Sub-Inspectors in the IR Mahila Battalion. It may be mentioned that unlike posts for constable(GD) where each district had reserved quota, the total number of vacancies for Havildar and SI were open for candidates from all other districts of Nagaland. The minimum educational requirement for the post of Havildar was matriculate while for ABSI, the minimum qualification was graduate. Prior to this, many of the candidates had also appeared for the posts of constable (GD). Officials informed that a candidate can apply for all posts, provided that she fulfilled the criteria for the post applied. The physical test was held at the Nagaland Armed Police Training Centre (NAPTC), Chumukedima on May 6 and 7 with DIG, T. Sangtam, as the Chairman of the selection board along with Commandant 9 NAP (IR), J Hesso, Commandant 4th NAP, Z. Mero, SP Wokha, Imlisunep and Shashinaro, Deputy Secretary, Home Department as members while the medical team was led by Dr. Chubala. Although the officials were open to NGOs participating as observers to over see the recruitment drive, the Naga Women Hoho was the only organization that sent its representative on May 6. While General Secretary of NPF, Ghaspani-I, Zuben Lotha, CTC Chairman, and two central office bearers from the NPF were also present as observers on May 7. Complaints of neglect on the part of the police officials for not providing adequate medical aid for those exhausted by the tests were also heard. It was also reported that some of the candidates had to be taken to NAPTC hospital for treatment. However, the officials present stated that an ambulance was on standby for any emergency. Asked if there were any complaints of unfair means and favouritism during the selection process, some of the candidates told this Reporter that the entire selection procedure was “quite fair”. Commandant, 4th NAP, Z. Mero disclosed that allegations of impersonation during the running test had also come up, for which officials were instructed to check the ID(Identity Cards) of candidates along with the photographs attached before the start of the test. While SP Wokha, Imlisunep, asserted that the would-be commandant of the IR(Mahila) Battalion has to be capable and efficient, whether male or female. Deputy Secretary, Home Department, Sashinaro, said additional IR Mahila Battalions may be raised in future depending upon the success of the 1st Naga IR Mahila Battalion Meanwhile, the Chairman of the selection board, DIG, T. Sangtam (IPS) has informed all the successful candidates for ABSI who have qualified in the outdoor test, to appear for the written examination on May 9 at Police Central School, Chumukedima.

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