Army to observe 2011 as the `Year of the Disabled Soldier`
New Delhi: Honouring its troops who were
severely injured and left disabled in operations, the Indian
Army has decided to observe 2011 as the `Year of the Disabled
"We have been giving great respect to our martyred
soldiers and the time has come to give due honour to our
soldiers who have been disabled in operations. For this, 2011
will be the year of the disabled soldier," Army chief General
V K Singh said while addressing the 63rd Army day parade.
He said a grant of Rs one crore has been sanctioned for
the purpose and in the remaining part of the year, the Army
will focus on providing rehabilitation, training and basic
amenities to the disabled soldiers.
Announcing other welfare schemes for the families and
personnel, Singh said a grant of Rs 25,000 would be provided
to widows of soldiers and an additional Rs 400 would be given
every month for education of their children.
"An additional Rs 20,000 would be given to the
wheel-chair bound soldiers," he added.
Commenting on the counter-insurgency operations, the
Army chief said, "Our units have been successful in
maintaining peace and security in both Jammu and Kashmir and
"We are also providing training to the police forces in
the Northeast to enhance their capability to carry out
internal security duties on their own," he added.
Commending the performance of Indian troops in the UN
peacekeeping missions, Singh said, "today, 1,10000 troops of
the Indian Army are taking part in the different UN missions
and our efficiency in these operations has been praised."
"I am proud that our soldiers in blue berets (of the UN)
are doing a splendid job there. We have the third largest
contingent among troop contributing nations," he added.
On improved ration supply for jawans, he said for troops
deployed at heights above 12,000 feet, special rations would
be provided and an attempt has been made to equate the ration
scale of jawans and officers.
The Army had come under severe criticism from the CAG
over the supply of rotten rations for troops and the Public
Accounts Committee (PAC) had also called the three Services
chiefs for clarifying on the issue.
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