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Shortage of over 9,000 officers in Indian Army, Navy: MoS Defence

In a written reply in the Rajya Sabha, minister of state for defence Subhash Bhamre said there is no shortage in the Indian Air Force till date.

india Updated: Apr 11, 2017 22:26 IST
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Minister of state for defence Subhash Bhamre said, in a written reply in the Rajya Sabha, that there was shortage of officers in the armed forces.(AFP Photo)

There is a shortage of 7,986 officers in the Indian Army and 1,256 in the Navy as of January, the government informed Parliament on Tuesday.

In a written reply in the Rajya Sabha, minister of state for defence Subhash Bhamre said there is no shortage in the Indian Air Force till date.

He said there is also a shortage of 25,472 Junior Commissioned Officers (JCOs) in the Army, against which 78,205 recruits were undergoing training. “As such, there is no significant problem of shortage in Other Ranks in the Army,” the minister said.

The shortage at the JCO-equivalent ranks is 12,785 in the Navy and 13,614 in the IAF, Bhamre added.

First Published: Apr 11, 2017 22:25 IST