Shortfall of Army officers now less than in 2010
New Delhi: The shortfall of army officers has come down in the last five years. This year, the shortfall was at 17.77 percent compared to 26 percent in 2010, Defence Minister Arun Jaitley told Parliament Tuesday.
In a written reply to the Rajya Sabha, Jaitley said that while shortage of officers in the army was 8,455 as of Jan 1 this year, in other ranks it was a "nominal shortfall" of 16,597 (1.44 percent) as of April 1.
He said various measures have been taken to reduce shortages in the officers cadre.
"Vigorous campaigns have been launched to attract talented youth to join the armed forces. The service conditions of the officers joining through the Short Service Commission (SSC) have been made attractive."
"The tenure of SSC officers has been increased from 10 years to 14 years," he said.
Jaitley added that substantial improvement in the pay structure of officers due to implementation of the Sixth Pay Commission also made the services more attractive.
He said the army has undertaken a sustained image projection campaign to create awareness among the youths on the advantages of taking up a challenging and satisfying career.
Jaitley said awareness campaigns, participation in career fairs and exhibitions, advertisements in print and electronic media and motivational lectures in schools and colleges were some of the measures in this direction.
"All the above mentioned measures have resulted in gradual improvement in the last five years with shortage of officers reducing from 26 percent in 2010 to 17.77 percent in 2014," he said.
More from India
More from World
More from Sports
More from Entertaiment
- PM Narendra Modi's speech at Heart of Asia conference
- Is population control next on central govt's agenda after demonetization?
- Gujarat: Goods train engine catches fire in Surat
- India-Afghanistan thrash Pakistan over terrorism issue in Heart of Asia conference
- Watch: Tracing the journey of late Tamil Nadu CM Jayalalithaa from films to politics
- RIP Amma: Jayalalithaa dies after 75 days in hospital; Tamil Nadu mourns
- Fake or Real? 'Alien animal' caught on Karnataka-Kerala border
- People want to know whether Jayalalithaa is alive or not; PM Narendra Modi must intervene, says expelled AIADMK MP Sasikala Pushpa
- Tamil Nadu CM Jayalalithaa's condition continues to remain critical after suffering cardiac arrest
- I-T department rejects declaration of Rs 2,00,000 crore made under IDS by Mumbai family