Minister of State for Defence Ajay Bhatt on Monday informed the Rajya Sabha that the recruitment in the defence forces has not been stopped but restricted owing to the Covid pandemic. Responding to CPI Member Dr V. Sivadasan, said that the Covid-19 pandemic has been substantially reduced but not eradicated from the country and because of this, the recruitment process has slowed down.

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“During the Covid period, special arrangements were made for online recruitment in Indian Air Force and Indian Navy but the recruitment for the Armed forces attracts a huge number of applicants and it cannot be done online,” Bhatt said, adding that very soon the recruitment will resume in all wings of the defence forces. Responding to the question of NCP Member Vandana Chavan on women not being recruited in the defence forces for combat roles, the Minister replied that the Defence Ministry has been considering combat roles for women personnel in the defence forces but they are getting recruited in all three wings.

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