Not really. NSG is an all volunteer force (same as Para SF)..There are perks of serving in the NSG (higher pay, family station etc etc)..So they really dont have a dearth of volunteers..The reason why there are more SF guys in NSG is because more of them qualify, having gone through a similar qualification grind for SF in the first place, compared to other arms..
Quite wrong. There is an option for volunteer entry, but NSG is nowhere near an "all volunteer force (same as Para SF)".
Nearly all the NSG personnel are on deputation. Unlike PARA SF, where there is "no" deputation. In PARA SF, "every" soldier is a volunteer.
You are confusing "deputation" with volunteer. Deputation only means that the personnel revert back to another, parent unit after completion of their deputation - it happens in all departments of the govt all the time..But some deputations are "volunteer" in nature, while most are not..Deputation to RR (which is another "deputationist" force) is NOT volunteer - any battalion/personnel earmarked for RR has to go, there is no choice..NSG, on the other hand, is made up of volunteer deputationists..So people are asked to apply, and if selected they are posted to NSG for a fixed tenure (I think 3 years, extendable for another 3 years, or something to that effect)..After the tenure, they revert back to their parent organisations/units..
Surya, I dont know whether the option of mustering up Pawan Hans and IAF choppers was examined, but the entire logistics of it dont lend to easy execution, especially in an emergency like Mumbai...First, someone in the security chain has to "know" that choppers are available, also the person who can muster enough no of pilots to operate the choppers, get the choppers fuelled and technically cleeared for flying, and most importantly get enough choppers (the Pawan Hans uses Bell I think - they would not be able to carry more than 8-9 troopers with equipment) to transport 200 men...If they land on Oval maidan, transport has to be again organised between Oval Maidan and Taj..Given all of this, asking the Police Chief to organise a fleet of buses to take the troops directly from their aircraft to Taj was to me a fairly resourceful innovation than trying a multi layered exercise for choppers...JMT..