Thousands of young men have camped in the village and are creating a nuisance by sleeping, urinating and defecating in people’s properties
MARGAO: The villagers of Aquem Baixo who live around the Army Camp in the village held a protest on Friday morning against the nuisance caused by the thousands of young men who descended on the village in hopes of joining the army. The army has been conducted a recruitment drive since the 12th of December which will go on till the 18th of December. Since most of the candidates chose not to stay in a hotel in Margao but instead slept along the internal roads or in people's properties with no access to a toilet or bathing facility.
The local MLA Luizinho Faleiro, who joined the protestors, met commanding officer Rahun Mohad and informed him that the villagers are not against the ministry but are upset and anxious because of the thousands of candidates who are walking, sleeping, urinating and defecating in people’s properties and public spaces.
The officer informed the MLA that around 3000 candidates have been coming to Aquem Baixo since the last three days and will continue till the 18th. However, the actual figures could be higher. “The officer is saying the candidates will stay in the hotel but there are no hotels here. There are no public toilets and the candidates are defecating in people’s properties and along the internal road. People are running out of patience”, the MLA informed the press.
Faleiro said that he has asked the officer to stop the recruitment and do it somewhere else. “The capacity of the camp is only 1000. When 10,000 people come here, they don’t have the facilities to cater to the crowd.”, said the MLA.
The MLA sympathised with the candidates. He said that the economy of the country is collapsing and that there are no jobs.
“The self-respect, health and hygiene of the village has to be protected and that is our responsibility. The dignity and respect of the candidates also have to be respected. The conditions they have been staying in the last three days is very poor. I asked the army officer, collector and police to provide them the facilities but the army has refused citing security reasons. The officer has agreed that this recruitment is affecting the village. This is the last time the villagers are going to accept this and therefore they should stop it from the next year.”, informed Faleiro