In order to make sure that there are more young people join in the Army through the Southern part of the state, the Odisha government has demanded to set up an Army recruitment office at Koraput and a Brigade headquarters at Amarda Road in Balasore district to the central government. The demands were made at the liaison conference held between the civil and Army administration at the State Secretariat.
In the conference Chief Secretary A.P. Padhi, Home Secretary Asit Tripathy and Major General D.V.S. Rana took part. The need of recruitment office at Koraput was suggested by Mr. Padhi along with a construction of Brigade headquarters at Balasore district. He suggested that there is interest in the young aspirants in the southern part of the state to join Army and serve the country. He also suggested that the Army should consider relaxation norms in selection for the tribal youth in the state.
Complaining about the fact that last year the Army has recruited less candidates from the state from its quota he said, “We have requested them to carry forward the balance quota and organize more recruitment rallies in the State. The district administration would provide adequate support for organization of the recruitment rallies. We target recruitment of about 1300 youths during the current calendar year.”
According to an official release it was stated, “There was mutual sharing of views on various issues relating to hinterland security, coastal security and use of military in disaster management. The administrative issues relating to land allocations for military establishments like military station at Sambalpur, defence unit at Gopalpur, ex-gratia to next kin of the martyrs and others were discussed and possible solutions were worked out.”