Defence Sector Recruitment – Rajya Sabha QA
GOVERNMENT OF INDIA
MINISTRY OF DEFENCE
DEPARTMENT OF MILITARY AFFAIRS
UNSTARRED QUESTION NO. 52
TO BE ANSWERED ON 18th JULY, 2022
DEFENCE SECTOR RECRUITMENT
52. SHRI MALLIKARJUN KHARGE:
Will the Minister of Defence be pleased to state:
(a) whether it is a fact that the Indian Army has not recruited any person in the last two years;
(b) if so, the reasons therefor;
(c) the total shortage of manpower in all three armed forces, including both officer and non-officer rank;
(d) the average annual recruitment in the Armed Forces since 2015;
(e) whether the average recruitment figure is more than the proposed annual intake of Agniveers; and
(f) if so, how will the shortage of manpower in the Armed Forces be met with?
MINISTER OF STATE (SHRI AJAY BHATT)
IN THE MINISTRY OF DEFENCE
(a) & (b): No, Sir.
(c): Manpower shortages (depending on manpower requirements, Retirements, Premature retirements (PMR), invalidation are dynamic. Shortage with respect to authorized strength is:-
(i) Army – 64482 (as on 01.1.2020 and 116464 (as on 01.1.2022).
(ii) Navy – 13597 (as on 31.5.2022).
(iii) Indian Air Force – 5723 (as on 1.7.2022).
(d): The average annual recruitment in Army, Navy & Air Force is 60,000, 5332 and 5723 respectively.
(e) & (f): The matter is under subjudice in the Hon’ble Supreme Court of India.
Source: Rajya Sabha