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Introducing DGR  
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The Directorate General Resettlement (DGR) is an Inter Service Organization functioning directly under the Ministry of Defence. In order to maintain a youthful profile of the Armed Forces, approximately 60,000 service personnel are retired/released every year at comparatively young age. Majority of the service personnel at the time of retirement are at an age where they have numerous unfinished domestic responsibilities, which necessitate their taking up second occupation.

Responsibilities and duties performed by DGR

  1. Provide RESETTLEMENT for retired personnel.

  2. Offer employment to soldiers for mutual benefit to the industry.

  3. Care and welfare of widows of our martyred soldiers.


Resettlement: The primary thrust of the Directorate General of Resettlement, Kendriya Sainik Board, Rajya Sainik Boards and Zila sainik Boards is on dignified resettlement and efforts are made to explore various avenues for employment of ex-servicemen. To resettle/re-employ ex-servicemen, the Central Government arranges the following:-
  1. Training programmes to reorient retiring Defence personnel towards civil employment.

  2. Reservation of posts for providing employment opportunities in government/semi government/ public sector organizations and assistance in employment with corporate sector.

  3. Schemes for self-employment


Training Programmes: Training for preparing both ex-servicemen and retiring service personnel for their resettlement in civil life is one of the major functions entrusted to the Directorate General of Resettlement. This year the Directorate General of Resettlement has introduced some new courses which will provide nationally / internationally accepted certification to facilitate retired persons to get quick employment within / outside the country. The programme includes courses on information technology, managerial science, technical skills and agro based industries. Constant endeavor is made to improve the quality of training by regular monitoring. The courses are reviewed every year to include courses in new fields based on the participation in current requirements of civil market and corporate world and also to delete obsolete courses.

Officers’ Training

  The Directorate General of Resettlement organizes employment oriented training programmes for officers to enhance their qualifications and enable them to seek suitable employment after retirement. The Resettlement Training Programmes range from vocational courses of three months’ duration to degree /diploma courses, via distant learning programme of one to three years duration. The courses are conducted in multifarious fields like Information Technology, Security Services, Entrepreneurship Development, Business Administration, Personnel Management, Hotel Management, Tourism, Human Resources Development, Law, Insurance and miscellaneous topics. Recently, management courses of six months duration have been introduced at Management Development Institute, Gurgaon and Indian Institute of Management, Lucknow. These courses have received an overwhelming response from officers and resulted in good job placements in the corporate sector. In order to meet the aspirations of retiring officers many more reputed institutes, including IIM Ahmedabad and IIM Indore, have been empanelled to run additional courses. Computer diploma and Engineering courses of six months have also been introduced in various institutions across the country. Besides this, especially designed two week programmes in Second Career Transition have also been introduced for officers looking to build successful new careers in the corporate/self-entrepreneurial sectors.

JCOs / ORs Equivalent Training

Resettlement Training Programmes for Junior Commissioned Officers / Other Ranks and their equivalent from the other services are carried out under head Vocational Training. The training courses are conducted in diversified fields for a duration of up to one year in government, semi-government and private institutes spread all over the country. The salient fields covered are Security Services, Management, Information Technology, Travel & Tourism including Adventure Tourism, Entrepreneurship & Small Business Management, technical (including medical) trades, non-technical trades, secretarial support services, and agro based industry and many other miscellaneous trades. This year courses offered by the Confederation of Indian Industry (CII) under the City and Guilds banner, with internationally accepted certification, have been introduced for Personnel below Officers Rank (PBOR) to improve their employment avenues. Three day capsules on Second Career Transition/Preparation have also been introduced for retiring PBOR in order to arm them with sufficient information for a smooth transition to a second career in the civil market. The courses are conducted free of cost to the PBOR and the course fee is paid directly to the institutes through the DGR budget allotted by MOD. The course duration is treated as Temporary Duty and PBOR are permitted to avail Free Railway Warrant for the journey to and fro. Details of courses are published each year through a brochure distributed down to each unit and Zila Sainik Board.

Ex-Servicemen (ESM) Training

Under this scheme, funds are allotted to RSBs for conducting vocational training for ESM in their States. The scheme is primarily meant for those ESM who could not avail the facility of resettlement training while in service. The scheme has also been extended to the widow / one dependent of an ESM, irrespective of whether his death is attributable to military service or not. The fields/trades in which training is being conducted and the course fees are approved by MOD. The course is free of cost for the ESM and a stipend of Rs. 700/- per month is paid to each trainee.


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