Darjeeling police to train youths for recruitment in police and army

Effort to brigde gap with people
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EOI CORRESPONDENT
DARJEELING
25 Jul 2018

The Darjeeling district police are all set to start a pre-recruitment training programme for youths of the hills in the police and army from Thursday. It is an effort to bridge the public-police gap created due to the recent statehood agitation.
After inviting preliminary applications from interested youths -- girls and boys -- the Darjeeling police on Wednesday randomly selected 106 of them for the training programme. “We had invited applications and accordingly we have selected girls and boys for the hundred day’s pre-recruitment
training programme for police and army jobs that are available. The training will start from tomorrow,” said Darjeeling Superintendent of Police Akhilesh Chaturvedi.
The first batch of candidates for the Pre Recruitment Training for Girls and Boys will undergo training in a center that has been set up in the premises of the Kanchanjunga Public School in Tukvar. “We will impart physical as well as written trainings to the selected candidates to pass the competitive police and army exams,” the SP said, adding the programme was part of the community-police development scheme of the West Bengal government.
During the 104-day statehood agitation, the police and CRPF had taken over the school which was run by fugitive leader Bimal Gurung’s family members. Forces were camped in the school to stem the movement of agitators from in and around the Tukvar area which is Gurung’s constituency.
Chaturvedi also said that candidates after undergoing the training programme will be facilitated to get proper jobs in the police and the army. “We will issue certificates to the candidates after completion of the hundred days training. We will also suggest job openings and facilitate qualification of the candidates wherever required,” the SP said.
Interestingly the Darjeeling district police have identified four constituencies -- Tukvar, Phoobsering, Goke-Pulbazar and Badamtam -- for selection of the candidates. “Last year there was lot of disturbances in the hills. And the four constituencies had remained disturbed the most during the agitation,” the senior police official said.
The police-public relation took a massive beating due to the agitation resulting in several face-offs. However, after the agitation was withdrawn, the state government took up the initiative to rebuild the
gap.
The Darjeeling police organized a football tourney with prizes in cash and kind, involving youths of the four constituencies, in the beginning of this year. It was followed-up by the hill’s biggest singing and dancing talent hunt contest -- Rising Stars -- in March with nearly 5000 participants. The final of the contest will be held on July 28 and 29 in Chowrasta.