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AR recruitment goes hi-tech
Published on 11 Nov. 2009 12:27 AM IST
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Assam Rifles has introduced a biometric identification system to curb impersonation during recruitment of personnel. According to a defense press statement issued here by All India AR recruitment rally, Dimapur presiding officer Col RR Singh, the biometric system rolled out would ensure that candidates can no long join the force by using proxies. “The system would also help curb the menace of unfair practices of touts, corruption and manual errors. It was earlier difficult to check impersonation simply because huge numbers of aspirants turn up for recruitment – often over 3000 persons per day,” Col RR Singh said, adding that automation was helping in bringing about transparency in selection procedure. The thumbprints and a digital photograph of the candidate are being captured by the system, and will be used to verify the candidates before each event in the recruitment process. The software allows only a colonel who supervises the recruitment, to access the database, after verifying his fingerprints, thus reducing the chances of tampering. Besides correct identification, the software allows great saving of time by use of computerized forms for entry and automatic report printing in the requisite formats. Documentation that earlier would take days, can now be finished in hours, the presiding officer highlighted. The recruitment of ‘Youth’ as well as ‘Ex-servicemen’ is held through ‘recruitment rallies’ where candidates have to clear several stages of tests including physical tests, written tests and medical examination.

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