NEW DELHI(PTI): There is a shortage of 9,106 officers in the Indian Army and 1,265 officers in the Navy, the government said on Tuesday.
Parrikar had sent a written notice to Parliament outlining the issues faced by India’s armed forces. (PTI Photo)
“In army (excluding Army Medical Corps, Army Dental Corps and Military Nursing Service), as on July 1, 2015, against the authorised strength of 49,631 officers, held strength of officers is 40,525 with shortage of 9,106,” Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar said in a written response to a question in the Lok Sabha.
“The Navy, as on January 31, 2016, faced shortage of 1,265 officers. As of November 1, 2015, Air Force did not show any shortage of officers,” Parrikar said.
The expenditure incurred on salary and allowances in the financial year 2014-15 was Rs 94,233 crore for defence personnel and 35,458 crore for paramilitary forces.
Replying to another question, he said the strength of woman officers in the Indian Coast Guard is 27, which includes 17 pilots and 10 observers. The woman officers, employed for aviation duties, are involved in operations like prevention of illegal activities at sea and maritime surveillance.