• On Thursday, officials were in the process of selecting village volunteers in the district. Interviews of candidates commenced under the auspices of select committees in the Mandala Parishad offices across 62 zones. On the first day, 3,547 persons were called for interviews across the district. Only 2,756 attended. A total of 24,207 village volunteers will be recruited across 1,072 panchayats in the district. Over 95,000 candidates applied for these posts. Interviews will be held till the 25th of this month, said District Panchayat Officer (Incharge) MV Ramana. He said the interviews were calm on the first day. Candidates who are unable to attend the interviews at the stipulated time are advised to attend the next evening at 5 pm. Candidates are requested to attend as far as possible within the allotted time.