The Department of Skills, Employment, and Entrepreneurship (DSEE) has now collaborated with the Indian Army to conduct recruitment rallies. The recruitment rallies will be conducted for the youth to ensure quality placements in the Army. Recently, a meeting was conducted between Indian Army and DSEE at Kaushal Bhawan regarding the skilling and certification of ex-servicemen. In the meeting, it was proposed to have a Memorandum of Understanding between RSWD (Rajasthan Soldiers Welfare Department) and RSLDC (Rajasthan Skill and Livelihoods Development Corporation) to develop procedures and processes for ex-servicemen skilling.
The decision of DSEE will help former soldiers to ensure gainful occupation that can put their experience into good use. DSEE commissioner Krishna Kunal said that as most of the Army soldiers retire before fifty years of age, their experience can be used to improve the “Skills” ecosystem. Indian Army and DSEE have identified some areas for this purpose.
“The Army men retire early and hence their large scale experience working in various sectors of the Defence forces could be utilised for the promotional and enhancement of Skills Ecosystem through Training of Trainers, Recognition of Prior Learning and towards Assessment and Certification,” Kunal said. “The Army recruitment rallies are majorly conducted by the employment wing with the support of the home department and district administration. Since 2014-15, till date, the SEE Department has organised 26 Army recruitment rallies hence benefiting more than 10,507 youth through employment in various categories,” he added.
The DSEE commissioner further added that the department does the mobilization of youth together with building awareness, but the final selection in the Indian Army recruitment rally will be done by the Army officials.
Major General S. P. Goswami of South Western Command said that about 6.74% of the total ex-servicemen of the country are from the state of Rajasthan. “Rajasthan has always been a forerunner in contributing to the National Armed Forces. Rajasthan accounts for 6.74% of the ex-service men (ESM) strength of the nation with 1.74 lakh ESM. 61 per cent of them are concentrated in the districts of Jhunjhunu, Alwar, Jodhpur, Nagaur and Sikar. Most ESM retire before attaining the age of 50 while other 40 per cent of them retire even earlier in the age group of 36-41 years.”
“There is a need for seamless transition into a second career by empowering them with training through certification and enabling them with new skills based on their aspirations,” he added.