Databank of ex-servicemen on anvil: Minister

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Hyderabad, Apr 8 (UNI) With the private sector showing keen interest in recruiting ex-servicemen, a databank of ex-servicemen, eager to start a second career in life, is being compiled, Minister of State for Defence M M Pallam Raju said today.

''The Union Home Ministry is activiely considering his Ministry's proposal for recruiting jawans in paramilitary forces,'' he told a press conference here after reviewing the functioning of the Department of Sainik Welfare.

The comprehensive databank would be ready in six months to one year and the same would be linked to online placement service providers for ex-servicemen to get better job opportunities, the Minister informed.

The Office of the Director General (Resettlement) would coordinate with the State and district level Sainik Boards and constantly update the databank, he added.

One sainik school each had been sanctioned for Karnataka, Sikkim and Andhra Pradesh, Mr Raju informed, adding that the Sainik school in Kadapa proposed by the Andhra Pradesh Government would start functioning soon.

Admitting disparities among states in the compensation provided for award-winning defence personnel, he said he would write to all the States to provide proper recognition to the awardees and provide liberal sanction of land for housing purpose.

Director General (Resettlement) S G Chatterjee said his office had facilitated 60,000 jobs in the private sector for ex-servicemen in 2007-08, as against the target of 40,000 jobs set by the Ministry.


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