Recruitment officers were left stunned at the Indore Stadium in Chattisgarh’s capital city Raipur, when they saw a group of prospective Indian Navy candidates excel in their physical fitness examinations despite following a rice-rich regular diet. While inclusion of rice in limited quantity is normal but what startled the officers was the fact that these youngsters, who mainly belong to the Naxal-torn regions of Sukma, Bijapur and other nearby places, have rice thrice daily as part of their regular diet yet are able to maintain a fit and slim body.
These 88 youngsters had all passed their written examinations and had also successfully taken part in the one-and-a-half kilometer race that was part of the physical fitness test. All of them have been recruited by the Indian Navy.
It was the second day of the recruitment process. The total number of youngsters selected from the zone this year is 250. They are to be recruited to the various branches of the Naval forces, after the mandatory training.
The process of recruitment started early in the morning at 5:30 am on Wednesday at the Raipur Indore Stadium. While most of the people passed the written examination, the physical efficiency and resistance of the 88 youth stunned even the medical officers involved in the recruitment process.
According to Vikram and Rajesh, who successfully passed the physical test, rice has always been a part of their daily diet. They never needed anything to “build their bodies” with; living in close proximity to nature in wild forests was enough to make them fit and strong. They even highlighted the fact that the word “fat” never occurred to them or to the other villagers.
After this selection, these youths will receive further training at the Central Camp of the Indian Navy located on the Chilka Lake in Odisha. Practical military training will be imparted there.