Odishatv Bureau

New Delhi/Bhubaneswar: The government is likely to come up with the decision to allow girl students to study at Sainik schools and girl cadets at the National Defence Academy (NDA) soon.

While speaking during the Question Hour last week, the Minister of State for Defence Subhash Ramrao Bhamre told the Lok Sabha that there is a proposal on whether to give admission to girl students at Sainik schools and girl cadets at NDA and the matter is under the consideration of the ministry.

There are 26 Sainik schools across 22 States in the country and proposals are pending to set up 21 more such schools, Defence Minister Arun Jaitley said in a written reply in the Lower House.

A large number of cadets from Sainik schools and the Rashtriya Military schools have so far joined NDA.

In 2016 only, 159 cadets sent to NDA were from Sainik schools while 31 cadets were from Rashtriya Military schools.

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The objectives behind opening Sainik schools include removing regional imbalance in the officer cadre of the defence services, he said.

Presently, adequate and equitable opportunities are being provided to all citizens for recruitment into the Army irrespective of their class, creed, region or religion, the minister added.

(With PTI Inputs)

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