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Women Pilots in the Armed Forces



Women Pilots in the Armed Forces 
Government has accorded approval for women to join as Short Service Commission officers in the fighter stream of the Indian Air Force on experimental basis for a period of five years. As per the scheme, such women trainees undergoing Stage-I training at Air Force Academy would be assessed for their suitability for entry into fighter stream. Based on the suitability and willingness, these women trainees would be selected for Stage-II training in the fighter stream on successful completion of which these women trainees would be commissioned into the fighter stream. 


No such approval has been accorded for induction of women into the combat streams of the Army and Navy.

This information was given by Minister of State for Defence Rao Inderjit Singh in a written reply to Shri Ajay Sancheti in Rajya Sabha today. 

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Modernisation of Ordnance Factories 
Ordnance Factory Board (OFB) prepares a modernisation plan in line with Five Year Plan of Government of India.  The plan is implemented as annual plan in each of the factories.  Annual plan prepared and finalized by Factory level PFC (Plan Finalization Committee) is reviewed by OFB and approved by PFC / OFB.

The expenditure on Modernisation under Renewal and Replacement            (RR including RR Capital) during last two Plan period is as under:-

2007-08
2008-09
2009-10
2010-11
2011-12
XI Plan
Total
237.50
276.31
227.67
208.15
310.24
1259.87

2012-13
2013-14
2014-15
2015-16
(RE)
2016-17
(BE)
XII Plan
Total

415.85
697.00
562.57
488.00
570.00
2733.42

Modernisation / Up-gradation of QC (Quality Control) infrastructure are carried out in Ordnance Factories as a means of maintaining the specified product quality.  Ordnance Factories induct new machines / equipment as well as replace the older one with the modern one to maintain the capacity as well as capability of quality control activities.

The indigenously manufactured Defence equipment exported by OFB during each of the last three years and current year, country-wise, is as under:-

Year
Total value of export
(Rs. in crore)

Countries to which OFB products exported
Nature of Items Exported
2012-13
1.53
Nepal
Small Arms Spare, Small Caliber Ammunition
Indonesia
General Stores & Clothing
Germany
Small Caliber Ammunition
Italy
Small Caliber Ammunition
2013-14
17.94
Nepal
Explosives
Indonesia
General Stores & Clothing
Italy
Small Caliber Ammunition
Czech Republic
Small Caliber Ammunition
Botswana
Large Caliber Ammunition
Tajikistan
Small Arms, Small Caliber Ammunition, Grenades
2014-15
21.72
Nepal
Demolition Stores, Small Caliber Ammunition
Mauritius
Medium Caliber Weapon, Small Caliber & Naval Ammunition
Italy
Medium Caliber Weapon
Egypt
Chemical
2015-16

(up to November 2015)
2.32

(up to November 2015)
Indonesia
General Stores & Clothing
Bulgaria
Mortar Equipment, Mortar Bomb, Small Caliber Ammunition
Israel
Small Caliber Ammunition

This information was given by Minister of State for Defence Rao Inderjit Singh in a written reply to Shri Tarun Vijay in Rajya Sabha today.
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Listing of DPSUs in Stock Exchanges 
As per the extant Disinvestment Policy of the Government, unlisted Central Public Sector Enterprises (CPSEs) with no accumulated losses and having earned net profit in three preceding consecutive years are to be listed. Among the Defence Sector CPSEs, which are wholly owned by the Government, the Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs (CCEA) has already approved disinvestment of 10% paid up equity of Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL) out of Government of India’s shareholding of 100% through an Initial Public Offering (IPO) in the domestic market as per the Securities and Exchange Board of India (SEBI) Rules and Regulations.

Apart from raising financial resources, the listing of Companies on Stock Exchanges has the following benefits:

• The listed companies are mandated by Company Law / SEBI / Stock Exchanges to comply with higher level of disclosures. This will bring greater transparency and credibility;

• With the induction of independent directors, management accountability, competencies and performance are enhanced;

• Investor centric research provides on a regular basis a third party professional assessment of ricks as well as future prospects to management to help it benchmark its business model with the industry.

• Listing of profitable CPSEs on the stock exchanges with a mandatory public ownership of shareholding has been observed to increase significantly the value of the Enterprise and Government’s residual shareholdings as well as that held by the public post-listing.

• Listing also provides development of people-ownership of CPSEs, thus encouraging participation and sharing in the prosperity of CPSEs.

This information was given by Minister of State for Defence Rao Inderjit Singh in a written reply to Shri Rajeev Shukla in Rajya Sabha today. 

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Construction of National War Memorial 
The Cabinet in its meeting held on 7th October 2015 has approved the proposal for construction of National War Memorial and National War Museum in Delhi.

The approximate cost of the project, at current price level, is Rs.500 Crores. The tentative time frame for the project is 05 (five) years.

This information was given by Minister of State for Defence Rao Inderjit Singh in a written reply to Shri Lal Sinh Vadodia in Rajya Sabha today. 

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Granting of Permanent Commission for Women SSC Officers 
Details of the number of women Short Service Commission (SSC) officers in each service of the Armed Forces (excluding Medical, Dental and Military Nursing Service Branches) are as under:-

Army
(As on 1.7.2015)
Air Force
(As on date)
Navy
(As on date)
1412
1128
418

The number of women officers granted Permanent Commission in the Armed Forces since 2008 is as under:
Year
Army
Air Force
Navy
2008
PC was not applicable
#
Nil
2009
2010
19
41
2011
8
75
2012
12
50
2013
5
64
2014
10
54
2015
10
67
#Permanent Commission to women officers in Indian Air Force has been started from year 2010.

This information was given by Minister of State for Defence Rao Inderjit Singh in a written reply to Shri Derek O Brien in Rajya Sabha today.

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SSC Officers Leaving the Army 
The aims and objectives of Short Service Commission include addressing shortage of officers at Unit level, reducing promotional pressure in the pyramidical structure of the Armed Forces by way of early exit etc.

Details of SSC officers released from service during the last three years i.e. 2012, 2013 & 2014 and current year (2015) are as under:

Army
(upto 1.12.2015)
Navy
(upto 30.11.2015)
Air Force
(upto 11.12.2015)
306
327
224

Government has already taken a number of steps to make Short Service Commission more attractive.

This information was given by Minister of State for Defence Rao Inderjit Singh in a written reply to Shri Palvai Govardhan Reddy in Rajya Sabha today.

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Countering Foreign Aggressions Along Country’s Border 
Modernisation and capability development of the Armed Forces is a dynamic and continuous process based on operational requirements and threat perception.

Government is fully seized of the security needs of the country.  Appropriate steps are taken to ensure that the security concerns pertaining to the borders are adequately addressed through various measures including accretion of manpower, procurement of weapons & equipment and infrastructure development.

During the last three years the allocation and utilisation for capital procurement of equipment for the Armed Forces are as under:
(Rs. in crores)
Year
BE
RE
Actual

2012-13
66032.24
57395.46
58768.86
2013-14
73444.59
66406.41
66850.30
2014-15
75148.03
66151.73
65582.06

This information was given by Minister of State for Defence Rao Inderjit Singh in a written reply to Dr. V Maitreyan in Rajya Sabha today.

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Violations of Country’s Aerospace and Marine Boundaries 
During the past two years and the current year, i.e. from January 2013 till 30th November 2015, a total of 32 violations of Indian airspace by aircraft from other countries have been reported. There has been no violation of Indian maritime boundary by any country during this period. The reasons for such violations could not be ascertained.

All such cases are taken up with the concerned countries through laid down channels as per established procedure.

This information was given by Minister of State for Defence Rao Inderjit Singh in a written reply to Shri Vijay Goel in Rajya Sabha today. 

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Review of Service Conditions of Armed Forces 
Lateral induction of serving Armed Forces personnel into CAPFs is at the stage of inter-departmental consultations. Besides, service conditions of Armed Forces personnel are reviewed from time to time with the aim of bringing about improvements.

The Directorate General of Resettlement (DGR), an Attached Office of the Department of Ex-Servicemen Welfare, Ministry of Defence, is responsible for rehabilitation of retired defence personnel in the country. The office of Directorate General of Resettlement, implements various Policies / Schemes / Programmes, on pre and post retirement training, re-employment and self-employment etc.

This information was given by Minister of State for Defence Rao Inderjit Singh in a written reply to Shri Rajeev Chandrasekhar in Rajya Sabha today. 

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Achievements Made by DRDO 
The following are the achievements of Border Roads Organisation (BRO) since it was brought under Ministry of Defence with effect from 9th January 2015:-

Item of work
Unit
Achievement

Formation works
Km Equivalent Class-9
1012.28
Surfacing works
Km Equivalent Class-9
1669.45
Resurfacing works
Km Class-9
2000.15
Permanent Works
Rs. in Lacs
99422.48
Major Bridges
Metre
1312.33

The Government has sanctioned the outsourcing of services of Junior Engineers (Civil) to tackle the shortage of manpower.

This information was given by Minister of State for Defence Rao Inderjit Singh in a written reply to Smt Kanimozhi in Rajya Sabha today.

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Erosion in Civil-Military Relationship 
The Service Headquarters are an integral part of the policy and decision making process of the Ministry of Defence.

Creation of post of Chief of Defence Staff (CDS) was recommended by Group of Ministers in 2001. A decision in this regard was to be taken after consultation with political parties. The consultation process however could not be completed because all political parties have not yet responded. Subsequently, Naresh Chandra Task Force (NCTF) on National Security had recommended creation of the post of Permanent Chairman Chief of Staff Committee in 2012. Both the proposals are under consideration of the Government.

This information was given by Minister of State for Defence Rao Inderjit Singh in a written reply to Shri AU Singh Deo in Rajya Sabha today. 


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