Apart from safeguarding the long hostile borders, the Union Ministry of Defence happens to be one of the biggest employers in the world.
This was revealed in a report published by a Germany-based private organization Statista.
Statista, which provides data and statistics about various issues worldwide, categorically held that India’s Ministry of Defence provided employment to the largest number of people, making it the world’s largest employer.
As per the report, “At the top of the ranking for the world’s largest employers is India’s Ministry of Defence. Combining active service personnel, reservists, and civilian staff, the total headcount employed by the defence ministry comes to 2.92 million.”
The Department of Defence of the US is second on the rankings, which employs around 2.91 million people.
“The People’s Liberation Army (which doesn’t include civilian positions) employs around 2.5 million people in China. The Chinese equivalent of the U.S. Department of Defense, the Central Military Commission, may have as many as 6.8 million people in its employment. However, that figure was not deemed sufficiently reliable to be included in this list,” said the report.
The report published by Statista comes as no surprise as India has one of the largest militaries in the world and spends a whopping 76 billion dollars on its defence which is the third highest in the world next to the USA and China.