Monday, August 2, 2010

Huge crunch of officials in armed forces

Huge crunch of officials in armed forces

t is crunch time for the three defence services as they are facing a shortage of 14,244 officers and the Coast Guard was short of 679 officers and over 2,500 personnel below officer rank. Defense Minister AK Anthony told the Lok Sabha on Monday that the shortage of officers is around 11,500 in the Army, 1,507 in Navy and 1,237 in the Air Force.

According to Anthony,the the shortage of officers was "partly attributable to accretions from time to time, tough selection procedures, difficult service conditions coupled with perceived high degree of risk involved in recruitment and training.

He added that a number of steps to attract youth to join the Armed Forces have been taken, which include increase in tenure of Short Service Commission (SSC)officers from 10 to 14 years, increasing promotional avenues for officers by implementing the A V Singh Committee recommendations on the

restructuring of officers cadre of the Indian Army and implementing the Sixth Pay Commission report.

Replying to another query, Antony said the DRDO was facing a shortage of aeronautical engineers and the premier defence research agency requires 20 such engineers every year or the next five years.


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