Chandigarh: Punjab Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal on Thursday expressed concern over the recruitment in the Army on basis of population ratio based quota system, saying recruitment of Punjab youth has "drastically" decreased due to the procedure.
"The population ratio based quota system has drastically
decreased the number of youth from Punjab getting recruited in
the armed forces.
"The Centre should do away with this population-based
quota system for recruitment in the armed forces," Badal
Maximum number of youth from this border state as
officers and jawans in forces should be recruited, said the
Chief Minister while speaking at a function.
The Army today presented Vijayanta tank to Badal for
Maharaja Ranjit Singh Armed Forces Preparatory Institution at
Western Command General Officer Commanding-in-Chief Lt
Gen S R Ghosh, in his welcome address, appreciated the role of
Punjab saying the state has enriched country`s armed forces
through enormous contribution of officers and jawans.
Lt Gen Ghosh said there was a strong bond between Punjab
and Army especially with Western Command.
He said, "Punjab is Army and Army is Punjab."
Lauding Punjab government for establishing Armed Forces
Preparatory Institution at Mohali, he said it was a unique and
first institute of its kind in the region that was visualised
and conceptualised by Badal with sole aim to train the youth
of Punjab for getting enrolled as officers in the armed forces
through National Defence Academy.
Speaking at the occasion, Badal appreciated the gesture
of presenting Vijayanta tank for the Institution, and said the
first batch of 45 cadets had started getting training from
April 2011 and the second batch would commence training from
"To motivate our youth to join naval services, the Punjab
government was also setting up a Naval academy at Ropar,"
Badal said that in a significant decision for the setting
up of the Service Selection Centre at Ropar, the Cabinet had
already approved to provide 200 acre land free of cost to the
Western Command for setting up this first centre in the
On this occasion, Lt Gen Ghosh announced a rolling
silver trophy of Western Command for the best cadet of
Maharaja Ranjit Singh Armed Forces Preparatory Institution