New Delhi: With around 50,000 officers and
men in military service hanging up their boots each year,
Government is "seriously" looking at the option of providing
employment to ex-servicemen in central paramilitary forces.
"One suggestion (in the Kendriya Sainik Board meeting)
is to find more opportunities for ex-servicemen in the
paramilitary forces. Government will discuss this issue
seriously and already some discussions are going on," Defence
Minister AK Antony told reporters on the sidelines of an
ex-servicemen function here on Monday.
The Minister said every year around 50,000 officers and
personnel below officer rank retire from the services but
their skills are not being utilised effectively
Antony said it was also decided at the meeting to make
an appeal to all the central and state governments and the
private sector to take more retired armed forces personnel in
"We will ask all state and central agencies to fully
implement the decisions taken in this already by the
government," he said.
Asked if the Government was planning to accept the
demand of ex-servicemen for `One rank One Pension`, Antony
said in the last seven years of the UPA rule, their pensions
have been increased twice.
"Though One rank One Pension is a dream, we are nearing
it. Our approach is that step by step increase it at least to
the nearest pole. We are in the process and whenever we get an
opportunity, we try to increase it," he said.
The Minister said the share of central contribution in
the functioning of District and State Sainik Boards in all the
states will also be increased.
Antony said the Ministry is also going to ask the
state governments to increase the rewards and amounts paid to
gallantry award winners and their families.
"Recently we had increased the amount for them but
that is not enough. We are again going to take up that matter
with the Government," he said.