15,129 ex-servicemen recruited in PSUs, banks since 2005

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New Delhi, Mar 17 (UNI) As many as 15,129 ex-servicemen have been recruited by various public sector undertakings (PSUs), banks and state governments during the past three years, Defence Minister A K Antony said today.

While 3677 ex-servicemen got jobs in central and state PSUs, nationalised banks and state governments in 2005, the figure stood at 7230 and 4222 in 2006 and 2007 respectively.

In a written reply to Dr K S Manoj in the Lok Sabha, he said as per the existing policy, there is ten per cent and 20 per cent reservation for ex-servicemen in Group C and Group D posts respectively in the central government and Central PSUs.

In PSUs and banks, the reservation stood at 14.5 per cent and 24.5 per cent respectively, the Defence Minister added.

Similarly, he said 10 per cent of the posts of Assistant Commandants in Central Paramilitary Forces were also reserved for ex-servicemen.

Besides, various state governments also have provided for 10-14 per cent reservation for ex-servicemen in their police force.

Moreover, the Department of Public Enterprises has issued guidelines to all Central Ministries and Departments that security services contracts of PSUs under their administrative control should be awarded to ex-servicemen security agencies, Mr Antony added.

However, in absence of a comprehensive data base on the subject, it was not possible either to confirm or deny that many organisations, including state governments and PSUs, were not providing re-employment to ex-servicemen, the Defence Minister said.

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