Big shortfall in hiring of ex-servicemen across govt depts, posts: Data

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WHILE Center announces 10% quota for Agniveers in the Central Armed Police Forces (CVP), the Ministry of Defense and the State Defense Enterprises (GOP), official reports show a large shortage of former military personnel recruited for public positions compared to the vacancies reserved for them.

Consider these figures, based on the latest data (as of June 30, 2021) available from the Directorate-General for Resettlement (DGR) under the Department of Welfare for Ex-Military Personnel of the Department of Defense:

*While 10% of Group C and 20% of Group D positions are reserved for ex-military personnel in central government departments, they accounted for only 1.29% of the total in Group C and 2.66% in Group D in 34 out of 77 central government departments. who shared data with DGR.

Of the 10,84,705 Group C employees in 34 central government departments, only 13,976 were former military personnel. And out of a total of 3,25,265 Group D personnel, only 8,642 were former military personnel.

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* There is a 10 percent quota for former military personnel on direct recruitment to the level of Assistant Commandant in the CAPF/CPMF (Central Parachute Armed Forces). But of the total number of GAPF/KPMF as of June 30, 2021, former military personnel in group C accounted for only 0.47% (4,146 people out of 8,81,397 people); 0.87% in Group B (539 out of 61,650); and 2.20% in Group A (1,687 out of 76,681).

While Railway Guard Force (RPF), Border Security Force (BSF), Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF), Sashastra Sima Bal (SSB), Central Industrial Security Force (CISF), Indo-Tibetan Border Police (ITBP) and Assam Rifles provided data to DGR, the National Security Service (NSG) did not submit its report until May 15, 2021.

* In the Central PSU, the quota for former servicemen is set at 14.5% for Group C positions and 24.5% for Group D positions. But, according to the DGR, former military personnel accounted for only 1.15% (3,138 out of a total of 2,72,848) of the number of group “C” and 0.3% (404 of 1,34,733) of the number of group “D” in 94 out of 170 CPSU. who submitted the data.

* Public sector banks, where ex-military provisioning is fixed at 14.5% for direct recruitment in group C and 24.5% in group D, reported slightly higher numbers. Ex-military personnel accounted for 9.10% (24,733 out of 2,71,741) in Group C and 21.34% (22,839 out of 1,07,009) in Group D of 13 OVOs.

The issue of the shortage of ex-military personnel was raised at several meetings earlier. The most recent meeting was chaired by the Secretary of the Department of Ex-Services on June 2, and was attended by senior Defense Department officials and liaison officers assigned by various ministries/agencies to implement the ex-services reserve policy.

According to the minutes of the meeting, the General Directorate of Resettlement stated that “efforts should be made to increase the representation of ESM (former military personnel)” in government departments by filling approved ESM vacancies.

“The DG(R) said the OCs are being asked to ensure that ESM vacancies are properly mentioned in vacancy circulars/advertisements to be posted for direct recruitment or recruitment through recruitment agencies,” the minutes of the meeting read.

“Liaison Officer, DoP&T raised the need for a coordinated effort between the training department (for ESM) and recruitment agencies to assess the need for current job market requirements and train ESM accordingly, as some positions remain vacant due to a lack of candidates. having the appropriate skills for this particular position,” the protocol says.

“Secy, ESW and DG(R) have acknowledged this issue and assured that it will be given due attention and will try to launch new courses that will impart the necessary ESM skills, and also stated that recruitment agencies should also consider the trading equation. certificates issued upon dismissal from the service, ”the protocol says.

DGR sources listed the main reasons why ex-servicemen were not selected for government positions: “Orders to relax selection standards by organizations are not being followed.”

As of June 30, 2021, the ex-military population was 26,39,020, including 22,93,378 in the Army, 1,38,108 in the Navy, and 2,07,534 in the Air Force.

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