New Delhi : The recruitment procedure for jawans and other junior-rank officials in central paramilitary forces of the country is set for a change as the Union Home Ministry has decided to usher transparency in the process by using gadgets like CCTV cameras and RFID tags.

The Ministry, which plans to recruit thousands of men and women in the ranks of Constables, Sub-Inspectors and Inspectors in the five large Central Armed Police Forces (CAPFs) – CRPF, BSF, CISF, ITBP and SSB in the coming years, will take help of OMR sheets, RFID (Radio frequency identification) tags and CCTVs to electronically log every minute parameter of an individual who aspires to join the internal security duties being rendered by these forces.

According to a proposal prepared and approved by a joint panel of paramilitary forces, a revamp in the recruitment procedure is being done and it will be called Transparent Recruitment Procedure (TRP). Till now, the recruitment process work in these forces, which involves logging of details and other vital parameters of candidates, was done manually by trained officials of these forces.

“The forces recruit thousands of candidates every year owing to the increasing responsibilities in the internal security domain. These new technology-based upgrades are not only aimed at reducing instances of corruption in the recruitment process but also to choose the best talent by making use of technology,” a senior paramilitary official said. While Optical Mark Readers and Optical Character Recognition (OCR) technology will be used for all application forms that are invited, standardised digital health and weight devices with digital monitors for display to the candidate will be procured by these forces and deployed during recruitment rallies.

The forces are also planning to acquire RFID chips for conduct of endurance run in the physical efficiency tests in order to ensure accuracy and tamper-proof conduct of the test-sprints. These chips can be worn by the candidate and they can be set to record the exact body parameters during a test.

Close Circuit Television (CCTV) cameras will be procured, according to the proposal, to videograph various stages of recruitment and thereby maintain a backup record and also keep track of the activities at various recruitment centres when the drive is on at multiple cities in the country. The forces, which are deployed across the country for duties ranging from border guarding to conducting anti-Naxal operations, will also procure the barcode readers which are used to scan admit cards. In the next two years, these combined forces are expected to  recruit close to 10,000 people in various ranks.

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