1,35,850 Vacant Posts in Indian Armed Forces
The Central Government informed the Lower House of Parliament about the current vacant posts in Indian Armed forces, stating that currently there are 1,35,850 vacant posts in Armed Forces. In addition to it, The Government of India also shared a category-wise list of openings in the Armed Forces.
A total of 1,16,464 posts in Indian Army and a total of 13,597 posts in the Indian Navy are yet to be filled. In Indian Air Force, there are a total of 5,789 vacant seats available. This whole data was given by the Minister of State for Defence Ajay Bhatt in his written reply to the Lok Sabha.
In the Indian Army, there are 7308 vacancies for Officers, 471 vacancies for Military Nursing Service (MNS) Officers and 1,08,685 vacancies for Junior Commissioned Officers (JCOs/OR.) In the Indian Navy, 1446 posts are vacant for Officers (excluding Medical and Dental), while 12,151 vacancies are for Sailors. In the Indian Air Force, 572 posts are vacant for Officers while 5217 vacancies are for Airmen.
9326 Officers Posts lying vacant in Indian Armed Forces are categorized as –
|Vacant posts in Indian Army||Vacant posts in Indian Navy||Indian Air Force Vacancies|
|Officers 7308||Officers (excluding Medical and Dental) 1446||Officers 572|
|MNS Officers 471||Sailors 12151||Airmen 5217|
Also addressing the question related to the provisions for reservation for ex-servicemen in respect of government jobs, including Railways, Government of India said that it is governed by the ex-servicemen (Re-employment in Central Civil Services and Posts) Rules, 1979.
Also added that these reservations are applicable to all Group ‘C’ and Group ‘D’ Central Civil Services & Posts and posts up to the level of Assistant Commandant in all Central Armed Police Forces (CAPFs), which includes Border Security Force (BSF), Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF), Indo-Tibetan Border Police (ITBP), Sashastra Seema Bal (SSB) and Central Industrial Security Force (CISF).
The government statement also mentioned that the reservation prescribed for Ex-Serviceman is Horizontal in nature and depend on occurrence of vacancies per year and not as per the number of Posts. Adequate number of ESM are not qualifying for these Posts for want of requisite educational qualification prescribed for the Posts.
Adding to it they added that the Government envisages to look for every possible avenue in order to increase the number of employment opportunities for the Ex-servicemen through various initiatives which includes pre and post-retirement trainings and awareness programmes. Not just this, suitable training is also provided to the willing Ex-servicemen to make them ready for self-employment ventures.