Rehabilitation of Ex-Servicemen
The Directorate General of Resettlement (DGR), an Attached Office of the Department of Ex-Servicemen Welfare, Ministry of Defence, is responsible for rehabilitation of retired defence personnel in the country including in the State of Himachal Pradesh. DGR implements certain schemes /resettlement opportunities for retired defence personnel viz. Security Agency scheme, management of CNG stations in NCR, allotment of Bharat Petroleum Corporation Ltd., / Indian Oil Corporation Ltd. (Company Owned Company Operated) outlets, Coal Loading and Transportation scheme, Mother Dairy/Gopaljee outlets, etc.
Reservation ranging from 10% to 24.5% of the available vacancies in Group C&D posts in Central Government and Central public Sector Undertakings/ Banks has been provided for the willing and eligible Ex-servicemen (ESM). 10% vacancies are reserved in the posts up the level of Assistant Commandants in Para-military forces. Moreover, age relaxation is available for the ESM in services or Posts filled by direct recruitment. ESM Officers are sponsored by DG Resettlement for jobs, based on requisitions received from Government/PSUs and Corporates.
In addition to this, Army Welfare Placement Organization and similar placement cells in Air Force help ESM in finding suitable jobs in Banks, Industries, corporate Houses, Academic Institutions, Hospitals, Hotels and Real Estate, etc.
Professional and vocational training to retiring officers, Junior Commissioned Officers & Other Ranks is imparted by DGR through various training institutes for rehabilitation and resettlement of ESM in civil life.
Most State Governments also provide reservation to ESM in State Government jobs as per their own reservation policy which varies from State to State. Himachal Pradesh Government has provided 15% reservation to Ex-servicemen in Class I to Class IV posts in all services of the State Government including Public Sector Undertakings/Corporations and Autonomous Bodies. Posts like Sub-Inspector, Constable, Water Carrier, Dhobi, Cook, Sweeper and Barber reserved for Ex-servicemen are being requisitioned by the Police Department of Himachal Pradesh and the same are being filled up from the Ex-servicemen. Instructions to the concerned employer/department for filling up posts reserved for Ex-servicemen through Ex-servicemen Employment Cell are already in place.
The total number of ex-servicemen rehabilitated in Himachal Pradesh during the last three years and current year is 1187.
This information was given by Minister of State for Defence Rao Inderjit Singh in a written reply to Smt Viplove Thakur in Rajya Sabha today.