OTA Gaya To Shut Down Soon, Gets Defence Ministry Nod
The Ministry of Defence has cleared the Indian Army’s proposal to disband the Officers Training Academy (OTA) in Gaya.
The institute has been training Technical Entry Scheme and Special Commissioned Officers since 2011. These officer cadets will now be trained at the Indian Military Academy (IMA), Dehradun.
Sources in the government told that the ministry has communicated its decision to the Army headquarters. The Sikh Light Infantry regimental centre will shift to the OTA premises in Gaya from its existing location in Fatehgarh, Uttar Pradesh.
“The Army headquarters will now work out the transition process in the next few months,” an officer in the Army said.
Established in 2011, OTA Gaya in Bihar is the third pre-commission training academy for the Army after OTA Chennai, and IMA.
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The OTA Gaya was set up on the same premises of the Army Services Corps (ASC) centre (North), which has been shifted to Bangalore now.
When the ASC centre used to be at Gaya, around 5,000 army personnel were present in various ranks. Around Rs 12-15 crore was spent on their salary every month and almost half the amount was spent in the local market for buying clothes, cereals, vegetables, cosmetics, books and other items. Personnel at the ASC have planted lakhs of saplings that helps keep the temperature around the centre at least 2 to 5 degree Celsius below the normal temperature at Gaya during summer.
The trained soldiers present at the centre were ready to serve the society during natural calamity like floods in north Bihar. Apart from that, there was a feeling of security among people residing around the ASC area. However, with the shifting of the ASC, residents have been deprived of these benefits.
Approximately 250 cadets are currently undergoing training at the Gaya OTA, against its capacity of 750. Since IMA Dehradun has shortage of gentlemen cadets, the selected candidate of TES and SCO entry will now be trained at IMA.
In the past, cadets from countries like Vietnam, Bhutan, Sri Lanka and Myanmar have also been trained at the OTA.
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