There is no decline in the recruitment of Gorkha youth in the Indian Army. Indian Navy (IN) and Indian Air Force (IAF) do not hold separate data relating to recruitment of Gorkha youth.
Gorkhas for Indian Army
Indian Army does not require community certificate by 'Assam Gorkha Sammelan' and certificate signed by village Sarpanch meets the requirement of enrollment in Gorkha Units. In the case of IAF, Gorkhas (a subject of Nepal) are eligible for recruitment if they meet laid down eligibility criteria. Further, recruitment in IAF is open to all eligible citizens without any discrimination on the basis of caste, creed, religion, region or community. In the case of Indian Navy, Gorkhas who are citizens of India do not require any certificate of eligibility for recruitment in the Navy. Further, Gorkha subjects of Nepal also do not require a certificate of eligibility.
This information was given by Defence Minister Shri Manohar Parrikar in a written reply to Shri B Vinod Kumar in Lok Sabha today.