Everyone may have to put in a compulsory five years with the armed forces to make-up for the shortage of personnel in the armed forces for those who want a cushy government job either with state or central government.
The Indian Army single-handedly is short of more than 7,000 officers and over 20,000 men. Likewise, the Indian Air Force and the Indian Navy both of them have a shortage of nearly 150 officers and over 15,000 men in each.
The central government unaided has about 30 lakh Indian Railways employees with themselves, whereas the state governments employ about another two crore people.
The Department of Personnel and Training (DoPT) – a wing of government that reports to the Prime Minister are thinking of making compulsory military service for those who want a subsequent employment with the government. The wing is duty with administering and making policy for all government servants.
The plan to make military service compulsory for future government servants was brought to light by the Ministry of Defence as an emergency measure to fill the shortfall in the armed forces. The Parliamentary Standing Committee has recommended that Compulsory military service for aspirants of government employment.
A recently tabled report of the Parliamentary Standing Committee observed and said “The Committee while recommending five years compulsory military service to such aspirants wanting directly to join central and state government gazetted services have taken into account the fact that there are perennial and alarming shortages of officers and men in the Armed Forces, which needs to correct,”
The Parliamentary Committee has also asked the Ministry of Defence to press on the DoPT with more vigour and earnestness. It seems that the Ministry of Defence has not taken up the matter with due significance.