The matter is under the consideration of the ministry, he said.
In the written reply, Arun Jaitley mentioned how Sainik schools and the Rashtriya Military schools have proven their utility by providing a large number of cadets joining the NDA. Supporting his statement he stated that in 2016, 29.33 cadets sent to NDA were from Sainik Schools, which comprised of a total of 159 cadets. During this period, 31 cadets or 5.71 per cent were from Rashtriya Military schools. One of the objectives for opening Sainik Schools, as Jaitley, is 'removing regional imbalance in the officer cadre of the defence services.'
To another question, Jaitley said no new regiment has been raised since Independence, while the sub units raised were as per the existing nomenclature and numerical seniority of the units in that regiment.
(With Inputs From PTI)
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