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Centre pins hope on Commonwealth Games, IT for placement of ex-defence servicemen

To seek placement of around 60, 000 personnel who either retire, or are released from the armed forces every year, the Centre is pinning its hope on the 2010 Commonwealth Games and countrys growing IT sector for absorbing them.

New Delhi, May 19 : To seek placement of around 60, 000 personnel who either retire, or are released from the armed forces every year, the Centre is pinning its hope on the 2010 Commonwealth Games and country's growing IT sector for absorbing them.

Aged between 35 to 45 years the servicemen are finding difficulty in getting new jobs and most of them have to depend on their pensions. The Kendriya Sainik Board, which was constituted to help ex-servicemen in restarting their second career has so far have not been successful in achieving its target.

"These Boards need to work in close cooperation with various Government and non-Government agencies as well as the corporate sector to combine efforts to improve the lot of our ex-servicemen and their dependents," Prime Minister Dr. Manmohan Singh said today in his address at the meeting of the KSB here.

Stating that the Centre's thrust will be on the welfare of ex-servicemen, Dr. Singh asked all the Chief Ministers of the States and Lt. Governors of the Union Territories to strengthen the Rajya Sainik Boards and Zila Sainik Boards, and also told the Defence Ministry to give priority to the training of the servicemen, who are on the verge of retirement so that they could easily begin their "second career".Defence Minister A K Antony highlighting the shortfall of the Board said, "Though the Board has a widespread reach, we have unfortunately not been able to make full use of it in a planned and coordinated manner."

He also reiterated his appeal to the States urging them to fill up about 25 per cent of the sanctioned posts lying vacant in Rajya Sainik Boards (State-level Boards) and Zilla Sainik Boards (District-level boards) for strengthening the organisation.

The government has declared Year 2007 as "The Year of the Placement of Ex-servicemen," and aims to provide placement to 32,650 ex-servicemen this year.

However, today Prime Minister Dr. Singh suggested the Defence Ministry to set a quarterly target of 10,000 placements, which could be easy to implement.

The KSB under the Chairmanship of Defence Minister has been established for laying down the general policy of the welfare of ex-Servicemen and their dependents for the administration of welfare funds and also for coordinating the work of the Rajya Sainik Boards (RSBs), Zila Sainik Boards (ZSBs).

ANI

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