Srinagar, May 04, 2016 (PPI-OT):India’s Defence Minister, Manohar Parrikar, has revealed that Indian Army is facing a shortage of 8,671 officers, excluding the medical and dental corps and the military nursing service. Manohar Parrikar disclosed this in a written reply to the Rajya Sabha, the upper house of Indian Parliament. He informed the house that as against the authorised strength of 49,833 officers, the held strength is 41,162.
He said that some of the major reasons for shortage of officers included increase in authorised strength due to accretions in force level from time to time, stringent selection criteria coupled with perceived high degree of risk.
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