MCG Zone automates army recruitment

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Nagpur, Nov 6 (UNI) The Pune-headquartered Maharashtra, Gujarat and Goa (MGG) zone of the Directorate General of Army Recruitment (DGAR) has become the first in the country to completely automate the process of recruitment of personnel below the rank of officers, and the model is now being replicated in other states.

Speaking to reporters here today, Brig Vinod Ahuja, Deputy Director General (DDG) of Army Recruitment, Pune, said the system, developed over the last year and a half by his office, included a software to record and monitor each step of the recruitment process and a telephone interactive voice response system (IVRS).

He added that the same procedure had now been adopted in the other 12 zonal offices of the DGAR.

According to Mr Ahuja, the automation was part of the effort to achieve 100 per cent recruitment against the vacancies to ensure that no posts were ''surrendered'' and also, it reduced human contact between recruiter and candidate, thereby practically eliminating corruption and malpractices in the process.

He said the system was tamper-proof and ensured that there was no impersonation by making it mandatory for a candidate to record his thumb impression at the time of registration, adding that two persons attempting impersonation were arrested at a recruitment rally at Alibaug recently.

Mr Ahuja said they now wanted the recruitment-software to be given connectivity to the wide area networks (WAN's) of the three state governments in the zone. He informed that a proposal submitted of the same to the Government of Maharashtra about six months ago was still pending.

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