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Amazon India and Ola helping ex-soldiers back into work

Fri 14 Aug 2015

Indian ex-servicemen welfare group, The Directorate General Resettlement (DGR), is joining with Amazon India and Mumbai-based startup Ola as part of a wider effort to provide employment opportunities for former soldiers.

Over 60,000 military personnel retire from the Indian army every year, mostly between the ages of 37 and 45, and find it difficult to adapt their skills for civic employment.

Taxi-app Ola has formed a partnership with the Ministry of Defence’s DGR to enlist 100,000 ex-soldiers as drivers by 2020. The company pledged on Friday that through its proposed initiative ‘Ola Sainik’, it would “over a phased manner, make available larger benefits like training, education and insurance for the family members of ex-servicemen on the Ola app.”

“As members of the armed forces in the past, they undoubtedly constitute high quality talent in terms of skill and discipline. A stable income, an opportunity to grow and serve the nation like always, makes this initiative a win-win,” commented Ola senior VP Yugantar Saikia.

The first batch of ex-servicemen, or ‘Sainiks’, are expected to join the Ola platform next week, according to a statement from the company.

Online retailer Amazon India has also partnered with the DGR Centre to launch a programme called the Amazon Military Talent Partnership, which will offer ex-military personnel and their families employment and career development opportunities in its logistics division.

“Their missionary zeal on completing a mission and delivering on their commitments within a given deadline resonates with our customer-obsession. We have several ex-service personnel who have made successful careers at Amazon India. Their skill and leadership is invaluable in our high growth environment,” said Amazon India HR director Raj Raghavan.

Both tech companies are introducing mentorship schemes through which ex-servicemen employees can support and assist each other in developing new skills and adjusting to civic working life.


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