New Delhi: The government will train and develop skills of defence personnel to facilitate their rehabilitation after they retire, India’s minister of state for defence said on Friday.
“Considering the great demand for ex-servicemen in the corporate sector, especially in retail and security sectors, we have decided to train the service personnel when they are still in service,” M.M. Pallam Raju said.
An estimated 50,000-60,000 people, mainly from posts below officer ranks, retire from the Armed Forces every year.
Raju said the defence ministry is seeking help of private firms for the skill-development programmes. “Countries like Japan have always been providing such skill training to their armed forces,” the minister said. “Since we cannot ourselves identify the skills and the sectors they can work in, we are seeking the help of private parties.”
Fresh start: Minister of state for defence M.M. Pallam Raju says the ministry is seeking help of private firms for the training programmes. PIB
This is Raju’s second consecutive term in the defence ministry.
Currently, defence personnel are trained in information technology-related courses, business entrepreneurship, retail management and security-related programmes.
Raju said the government was considering to formulate a task force of ex-servicemen for afforestation in certain regions.
According to director general of resettlement, B.G. Chatterjee, around 51,000 personnel from the Armed Forces have been given special skill training as a part of the ministry’s resettlement programme for ex-servicemen.
“Skill development is the need of the hour to convert the acquired skills of PBOR (personnel below officer ranks) to what is required by the corporate world” Chatterjee said.
He said the ongoing skill development programmes in his directorate include lessons in communication, including spoken English, and using computer applications, as well as psychological training for smooth transition from the armed forces to civilian sectors.
“Now we are in the process of automating the entire process. We are also compiling the CVs of all those trained to make it easier for the corporates to pick up people they want ,” Chatterjee said.
The directorate sends officers to institutions such as Indian Institutes of Management and other top business schools for training. Some of these officers are offered jobs that earn Rs1.2 million to Rs1.4 million a year, he said.
“Our people are posted in large numbers in Reliance and Infosys (Technologies Ltd),” Chatterjee said.