Winter has set in. Days in Pokhara are foggy. A group of youths in T-shirt and half-pant is seen sweating for the physical resilience training on the ground of the Armed Police Force (AFP) Company Gandaki at Ratna Chowk-6.
It seems the winter cold does not matter to them as they are determined in successfully completing the training to get career in the APF, a security force.
Swastika Pariyar, 20, one of the trainees, says she is here in a bid to fulfill the dream of her parents who wish to see their daughter in the APF and serve the nation. She, a resident of Kushma-8, Parbat, has just finished her grade 11 exam.
“Though training is tough, I am determined to face it successfully,” she said.
Binita BK who hails from Syangja had decided to give up the plan to go Japan to try her luck in the APF.
“I had learnt the Japanese language as I had a plan to go Japan for job, but I decided to change my mind and to compete for the APF post as my father wanted to see me doing something within the country itself.
To date, training is going well and I hope I will pass both written exam and the interview to get qualified to be at the APF.”
She is aware that a job in the security force is not a cakewalk but is all ready to face all hardships ahead.
Sulochana Regmi, 20, of Syangja said it was her second time that she had applied for the APF job. Prior to this, I had been here for the post of Sub-inspector but could not complete the journey.
“This time, I will be selected hopefully. It is my passion to find me at the APF force. The chain of command system and discipline have attracted me to the APF. Let’s see.”
Sanjay Bhusal of Shankharpokhari Bistapani of Parbat has recently appeared in the grade 12 exam.
He did not choose to go for abroad jobs leaving his father, a widower, alone and made up his mind to try his luck in the APF.
“To date, things are going good and hope rest of the things will go well,” he said.
A 19-year-old Jhalman Shrestha of Syangja said that he came to be recruited in the police due to his interest since childhood.
Shrestha shared, “I was interested in joining the police service since my childhood. My uncle is also in the same field. I want to serve the nation from this sector if I am selected.”
Armed Police Force Senior Superintendent Jay Bahadur Khadka said that there is enthusiastic participation of youths to be recruited in APF this year as compared to previous years.
A total of 55,000 applications have been filed against 1,833 across the nation. Two thousand and forty-five applications were filed in Gandaki Province where 679 have now been selected in the beginning. Of them, 62 are women and 617 men.
Khadka further said that the attraction of youths might have been increased in police service as many youths have lost their jobs and many youths have returned home from abroad following coronavirus pandemic.
Similarly, APF Deputy Superintendent Kaji Khaling viewed that the candidates for police service would be selected from different five phases—physical, health test, written and interview.
APF Deputy Superintendent at the APF Headquarters, Hasta Bahadur Gurung, opined that youths this attraction to serve the nation is very positive.
“There is wonderful participation of both-men and women. Coronavirus pandemic has awakened love of many youths towards the soil of the nation.”
The number of applications filed for the police service has shown the youth attraction of youths, seeking opportunity of employment, towards it.
Training is underway at Pokhara and Tanahun of Gandaki Province for recruitment in APF.
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