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Defence & Paramilitary Personnel

Personnel of Defence and Paramilitary forces (PMF) play a crucial role in ensuring the security and peace of our country.

In this section of the National Portal, we bring you detailed and up-to-date information on the various measures taken by the Government, for the welfare of serving Defence and Paramilitary personnel, as well as ex-servicemen and their dependents. They can avail detailed information on career opportunities, various programmes, policies, schemes, services and facilities available for them.

Defence Forces

Members of the army, navy, air force and coast guard together constitute the Indian Armed Forces, also known as the Defence Forces. The Armed Forces come under the purview of the Ministry of Defence (External website that opens in a new window), who provides the policy and wherewithal to the Armed Forces to discharge their responsibilities in the context of the defence of the country. The principal task of the Defence Ministry is to obtain policy directions of the Government on all defence and security related matters and communicate them for implementation. It is also required to ensure effective implementation of the Government's policy directions and the execution of approved programmes within the allocated resources.

Paramilitary Forces

The Paramilitary forces (PMF) ensure the internal security of the country. Most of these forces generally perform counter-insurgency or anti-terrorist missions. All branches of the PMF function under purview of the Ministry of Home Affairs (External website that opens in a new window).

Indian Paramilitary forces have several components with different roles. Overall it has a two tier structure, the Central Police Organizations (CPO), which forms the first tier, and the second tier known as Central Paramilitary Forces (CPF).

Central Police Organizations (Tier 1): The Central Police Organizations (CPO) work independently or in coordination with the Indian Federal Agencies and State Police Forces.

Central Paramilitary Forces (Tier 2): The Central Paramilitary Forces (CPF) forms the second tier of Paramilitary Forces. The CPF works in cooperation with the Indian Armed Forces (External website that opens in a new window).

Source: National Portal Content Management Team Last Reviewed on 10-02-2011