Tribune News Service
Chandigarh, March 8
While affecting a modest hike of about 6 per cent within the outlay for defence companies welfare, the Punjab authorities has proposed to double the training targets of the 2 armed forces preparatory institutes within the state that prepares college students to be part of the companies as commissioned officers.
Stating that the state authorities has at all times accorded prime precedence to the welfare of ex-servicemen, war-widows, world warfare veterans, disabled troopers and their dependents, the finance minister, Manpreet Singh Badal, proposed an outlay of Rs 135 crore for 2021-22 in his price range speech as we speak.
To improve the consumption of officer from Punjab, which had sharply declined 20 years in the past, the state authorities had established the Maharaja Ranjit Singh Armed Forces Preparatory Institute in Mohali to put together college students on the 10+2 degree for becoming a member of the National Defence Academy (NDA).
This institute targets to prepare 48 cadets by a residential 2-year programme yearly and a complete 97 cadets have joined the NDA and different academies and thus far 65 cadets have change into commissioned officers within the defence companies.
Following its success, Mai Bhago Armed Forces Preparatory Institute was arrange solely for ladies to put together 25 women yearly over a interval of 3 years for becoming a member of the companies after commencement. So far three cadets have change into commissioned officers and one other seven cadets have appeared for interview by the Services Selection Board.
The finance minister has proposed to double the training targets for each the institutes in 2021-22. He additionally proposed an allocation of Rs 29 crore within the forthcoming fiscal for the proposed Sardar Bahadur Amin Chand Soni Armed Forces Preparatory Institute that’s anticipated to come up by the tip of 2021 close to Hoshiarpur. It will prepare 270 youth yearly for becoming a member of the defence forces as commissioned officers by the Combined Defence Services Examination or the Air Force Central Admission Test.
As far because the state authorities’s distinctive Guardians of Governance scheme is anxious, an allocation of Rs 64 crore has been proposed for 2021-22 in opposition to Rs 60 crore in 2020-21. The scheme staff 4,300 ex-servicemen within the state to guarantee efficacious execution of numerous welfare schemes and different citizen-centric companies.
In addition, Badal additionally proposed to arrange two new galleries within the War Memorial Complex at Amritsar with an allocation of Rs 18 crore and an allocation of Rs 5 crore to enhance the situation of the Sainik School at Kapurthala.
Further, a goal of training 10,000 youths yearly has been set for the Centre for Training and Employment of Punjab Youth (C-PYTE) and Rs 17 crore have been proposed for this scheme. So far a complete of 23,412 youths had been recruited for training within the C-PYTE camps out of which 4,227 had been recruited within the military and police in the course of the tenure of the current authorities.