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Tinsukia: The Indian Army is planning to raise two companies of porters consisting of up to 1,000 members to cater to its requirement on the eastern and western fronts of Arunachal Pradesh.

Porters play an important role in the hilly terrains and forward areas to ferry essential goods and other items required by the Army from one place to another in absence of motorable roads.

The 5 Kumaon Regiment of the Army, on the western front, has been nominated to raise a porter company for which a special recruitment drive would be organised from August 17 to 20 at Manigong in Arunachal’s West Siang district and on September 17 at Tato and Mechuka in Shi Yomi district of this easternmost state of the country, official sources informed EastMojo.

“A similar four-day rally from August 19 to 22 — two days for residents of Assam and two days for residents of Arunachal Pradesh — will be organised at Hayuliang in Arunachal’s Anjaw district to raise a porter company on the eastern front,” the sources added.

The Army will recruit around 400 persons for the porter company on western front and around 600 persons for the porter company on the eastern front.

India shares a 3,488-km border with China, of which 1,126 km falls in Arunachal Pradesh.

According to sources, approximately 700 candidates are likely to participate in the recruitment rally at Manigong in West Siang district. “The porter recruitment rally is an important event for both, civil and army authorities, as it will provide job opportunities to the local people.”

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“The recuirtment drive on western front includes 290 in Monigong, 40 in Tato, 60 in Mechukha and 50 in Kaying,” the source added.

The district administration and police department are making detailed arrangements for cleaning of the ground, provision for drinking water, electricity supply, security and seating arrangements, medical facilities besides transportation for the participants, a source in the West Siang administration told EastMojo.

The participants are required to bring some documents including identity card, address proof, police verification report, medical fitness certificate and photocopy of first page of pass book of savings account among others.

The recruitment is going to be for a period of almost six months, a source in the army said.

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