MoD and MSDE Sign pact Increasing Employability of Ex-Servicemen

Manohar Parrikar
Manohar Parrikar

Ministry of Defence (MoD) and Ministry of Skill Development and Entrepreneurship (MSDE) was signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to facilitate strategic partnership on skill development and entrepreneurship for supporting skill development initiative to contribute towards Nation Building and ‘Make-in-India’ initiative. The MoU was signed between the Defence Secretary Shri G Mohan Kumar and his counterpart from MSDE Shri Sunil Arora in presence of the Defence Minister Shri Manohar Parrikar and Minister of State for MSDE (I/C) Shri Rajiv Pratap Rudy.

The Defence Minister said that the MoU will provide impetus to using the skills of servicemen for the country when they retire from the Armed Forces and the servicemen will also take to civilian life some rare skills which they acquire during their service life. The Minister of State for MSDE also said that there are differences in nomenclature of jobs in certain cases that the servicemen do in the Armed Forces and in the civilian field and these need to be aligned. He expressed confidence that the MoU will be a harbinger of skill development in the country.

This will boost employability and acceptability of Ex-servicemen (ESM) by the industry for those service personnel who are on the verge of retirement or already retired. Moreover, to enhance their employability, these training facilities initiated by the Director General Resettlement (DGR) will be aligned with the National Skills Qualifications Framework (NSQF) developed by the Sector Skill Councils (SSCs).

The signed MoU, will provide an opportunity for the Defence Public Sector Undertakings (DPSUs) and Ordnance Factories (OFs) to participate in skill development initiatives. The MoU signed will train and provide gainful employment to approximately 3 lakh ESM/their family members in five years starting from this financial year. It will also make available skilled youth to DPSUs and OFs by using their infrastructure, CSR funds, establishment of Centre(s) of Excellence and Development of Model ITIs etc.

The steering committee chaired by the Defence Minister and Co-Chaired by the Minister of State for Skill Development will provide necessary policy direction for the implementation of this ambitious scheme. wishes all the best for the MoU and the great initiative.

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