Petrol outlet allotment for all ex-servicemen likely

Staff Reporter

Online data bank of all ex-servicemen to be prepared

Jobs provided to 70,000 personnel last year

BANGALORE: The Petroleum Ministry has agreed to the Defence Ministry’s suggestion for allotment of petroleum outlets even to the able bodied ex-servicemen, which is likely to benefit a large number of ex-servicemen, said Director-General (Resettlement), Ministry of Defence, Major General S.G. Chatterji.

Maj. Gen. Chatterji said the Petroleum Ministry was not able to fill up the eight per cent quota allotted for Defence personnel who at present only include disabled ex-servicemen and war widows.

He was speaking to reporters on the sidelines of the inauguration of six-month certificate course on management for armed forces officers at the Indian Institute of Management here on Tuesday. Unable to fill up the defence quota, he said, “Petroleum Ministry was allotting the license to run fuel stations to others (civilians).” In the light of this, he said, the Directorate-General Resettlement suggested to the Petroleum Ministry to dilute the norm and consider able-bodied ex-servicemen for the quota. “This is likely to come through. All the ex-servicemen would be eligible to bid for petroleum licences,” he said.

Maj. Gen. Chatterji said the Directorate proposed to prepare an online data bank of all the ex-servicemen in the country, which would help business and industry. The Directorate had been successful in providing employment to 70,000 personnel during last year alone, he added.

Stating that the services of ex-servicemen were much in demand in the field of management, security and other tasks, he said: “This data bank will have all the details including achievements during service that would be explained in the way the industry can understand. We will be able to send the right kind of personnel for the work on offer.” The proposal was awaiting approval from Defence Ministry, he added.