· Mr Arun Jaitley, Hon’ble Raksha Mantri said that the Confederation of Indian Industry (CII) – Directorate General of Resettlement (DGR) Memorandum of Understanding is a significant partnership to build Corporate-Ex Servicemen (ESM) relationship. He was speaking during the Inaugural Session of DGR National Corporate Conclave in New Delhi. Air Chief Marshal Arup Raha, Chief of Air Staff, General Dalbir Singh, Chief of Army Staff, Admiral RK Dhowan, Chief of Naval Staff and Smt Sangeeta Gairola, Secretary Ex-Servicemen Welfare, Ministry of Defence were also present. Mid-career and late career stage jobs are relatively more in the private sector than public sector. Corporate India needs trained mind and personnel. Ex Servicemen constitute a huge resource of trained and disciplined man power. These men have worked in a different environment. For them commitment to duty is paramount. They show exemplary discipline and very high integrity. They are physically fit and can perform variety of jobs. The existing situation, wherein corporate sector needs men with such qualities and ESM need reemployment, ideally fits into the supply and demand principle of economics.
He further said that ESM are retired but not tired. Society owes debt and gratitude to ESM. Hinting towards India Inc, he said, it is very important that segment of society come forward and absorb these extremely talented and trained men into jobs. ESM are best suited to run Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) programmes. He said that, “CII-DGR MoU is the continuation of the act of gratitude and I am fortunate to be associated with this”.
Chief of Staff Committee and Air Chief Marshal, Arup Raha said that since there is a limited scope for the ESM in the government sector post-retirement. On the contrary, private sector has the potential to absorb ESM in huge numbers. He pointed out that CII-DGR partnership would benefit corporate sector as well as ESM.
· Mr Ajay Shriram, President CII said that as per a CII study, the defence and aerospace sector alone has the potential of creating one million new jobs in the country. However, the manufacturing sector requires proactive measures to bridge the skill gap. A meagre 2 % of Indian population is vocationally skilled. In comparison, the ratio is 75% in Germany, 96% in Korea, 80% in Japan and 68% in UK.
He emphasized that with a vast experience in Skill Development, CII would be happy to work with the Ministry of Defence and help Ex Servicemen to reorient for the second innings either in the industry or as entrepreneurs. Industry is keen to hire talent from the ex-servicemen pool. The focused initiative to promote partnership with Industry would greatly enhance the synergies of industry and ex-servicemen and create the required linkages.
Mr Chandrajit Banerjee, Director General CII said that with greater participation of the private sector in defense production and permission for enhanced FDI in defense, CII expects a resurgence in defense-related manufacturing and employment creation. Due to the lack of earlier engagement with the sector, industry is missing the skill set required to adequately participate in this policy. CII remains committed to the reemployment of Ex-Servicemen.
· Maj Gen Amrik Singh, Director General Resettlement made and elaborate presentation on various issues related to ESM and DGR initiatives. He emphasized on the strength of CII-DGR partnership and how it will be useful in synergizing the efforts from both sides.
DGR-CII MOU HIGHLIGHTS
Looking at the youthful age profile of the retiring service personnel and dearth of suitable manpower in the corporate sector, CII & DGR have decided to partner towards the following & fill this gap. The highlights of MoU are:
• Organising awareness sessions on the availability of skilled Ex-Servicemen for suitable placements in the
• Conduct webinars to enhance the awareness about the skill sets required for absorption into the Industry.
• Conduct a National Annual Conclave on the subject in New Delhi.
• Circulate the information about the location specific availability of the skilled manpower for the Industry from
• Support the Job Fairs / Career Facilitation Seminars organized by DGR.
• Institutionalising Award for Corporate as best ESM Employer.
• Assist in formulating a web based DGR Job Portal and its interface with the corporate clients.
• Identify specific skill requirement for industry and preparation of ESM for the same.
• Facilitate CSR mechanism for the corporates.
This memorandum will facilitate employment of ex-servicemen in the industry, especially in SMEs, thereby providing a second career post-retirement and to use the ESM competencies in the growth of corporate.
CII in partnership with the Directorate General of Resettlement (DGR) organised the National DGR National Corporate Conclave on 19 August 2014, from 0930 Hrs to 1600 Hrs at New Delhi.
This Conclave, with the participation of senior officials from the Armed Forces, Ministry of Defence and senior Industry Representatives deliberated about the role of Ex-Servicemen (ESM) in the Nation building, hand-in-hand with Corporate India.
The Conclave aimed to create awareness among the corporate sector about the availability of a vast multitude of experienced veterans of the Services who possess attributes and skills of a highly refined quality, for placement in the Industry.
The Defence Services have always been a source of highly trained and educated manpower for the Industry. Today, many major corporates have absorbed huge numbers of defence personnel after their retirement. Opening up of defence production to the private sector by the Government of India has further added demand for the retired service personnel. Having deep knowledge on various defence equipment and technologies and related procurement procedures, these service personnel are a valuable resource for any company, which is looking for an opening in the Defence Sector.
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