Mahindra Group will be happy to consider candidature of those coming from ‘Tour of Duty’, says Anand Mahindra

Anand Mahindra, the chairman of Mahindra Group announced that his industrial group will be happy to recruit those who come from ‘Tour of Duty’. Tour of duty refers to the time spent in a hostile environment by a military personnel. Recently Indian Army proposed three years of voluntary tour of duty for common citizens to encourage patriotism and decrease unemployment.

Endorsing the army’s proposal Anand Mahindra communicated to the Indian Army via email, “I recently learnt that the Indian Army is considering a novel proposal, the ‘Tour of Duty’. The young, fit citizens of India will get an opportunity to gain operational experience in the Army both as soldiers and officers through this voluntary three-year programme. I definitely think military training will be an added advantage for Tour of Duty Graduates as they enter the workplace. In fact, considering the rigid standards of selection and training in the Indian Army, the Mahindra Group will be happy to consider their candidature.”

While talking about the game changing proposal, Army spokesperson Colonel Aman Nanda said, “If approved, it will be a voluntary engagement and there will be no dilution in selection criteria. Initially, 100 officers and 1,000 men are being considered for recruitment,”

This proposal of army is being discussed at its headquarters. Presently the shortest tenure of service is 10 years.

Lately, Indian Army has been facing shortage of officers, the ‘Tour of Duty’ is an attractive option to combat this issue as it saves huge amount of money on severance, packages, gratuity, encashment, pension and leave. Currently the cost of pre-commission training, salary and other expenses (releasing them after 10 and 14 years) is ₹ 5.12 crores and ₹ 6.83 crores for officers. However releasing them after 3 years the expenses for the same will be ₹ 80 lakhs and ₹ 85 lakhs.