Replying to a question, she said the total strength of the Army as on July 1 is 12.37 lakh personnel against the authorised strength of 12.64 lakh and the total shortage is 27,864.
The current strength of the Navy is 67,228 personnel and the number of vacant positions is 16,255.
She said the Indian Air Force is facing a shortage of 15,503 personnel against the authorised strength of 1.55 lakh. The vacancies excluding personnel in dental and medical streams come to 59,622.
"The recruitment in the armed forces is a continuous process. The government has taken a number of measures to reduce the shortages," she said.
"10 squadrons of IAF equipped with MiG 21 and MiG 27 aircraft are scheduled to retire by 2024 on completion of their total technical life," she said.
To another question, she said procurement of two more regiments of Akash missile system has been approved for the Army.
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