‘Morale of armed forces not hit by Adarsh scam’

The Morale and Motivation of the Indian Armed forces have not been affected following the Mumbai Adarsh Housing Society scam, Vice Admiral K N Sushil, Flag Officer Commanding in Chief, Southern Naval Command, Monday said.

Kochi: The Morale and Motivation of the
Indian Armed forces have not been affected following the Mumbai Adarsh Housing Society scam, Vice Admiral K N Sushil,
Flag Officer Commanding in Chief, Southern Naval Command,
Monday said.

`I dont think the morale has been hit. yes, There is a
feeling that others are looking at us with a different eye`,
Vice Admiral Sushil, told reporters on board INS Tir here.

The Morale, Mora lity and honesty of defence
personnel--Officers, Sailors and Cadets continues to be high.

`...We will introspect. We will put in measures that we do
not succumb to pressures. There is need to look inwards.. What
the problems are, were the lacunae are.. `, he said when asked
if the morale of the defence forces had taken a hit as top
names of serving and retired defence personnel had surfaced in
scam.

The navy was also interacting with the state government for
land for housing schemes for naval personnel. An army housing
society was coming up at thiruvananthapuram, he said.

The Navy has the responsbility for overall maritime
security which includes coastal security and offshore security
the Triton and Nepture series of excercises for the coastal
security of kerala nd Laklshadweep respectively. This year
four such excercises have been conducted including the just
concluded excercise Triton III, he said.

These excercises have further ensured functionally seamless
integration of the Indian Navy, Coast Guard and other state
and central agencies like Marine Police, Customs, fisheries
department, he said.

The training of new coastal security force Sagar Prahari
Bal (SPB) began this year at INS Dronacharya. Two more batches
have been trained since then, the Vice Admiral said
interacting with the media on the occasion of Navy week
celebrations.
There has been godd response from the administration and
police on coastal security. A coastal police station was
started at Beypore. INS Kalpeni has already been commissioned
and INS Kabra will be commissioned by next month which would
increasing the patrolling capabilities.

Infrastructure to improve coastal security is going in full
swing and government is reviewing this at a very high level.
In the Ezhimala naval academy, the work of Naval
hospital, Auditorium and firing range are expected to be
completed by Aug 2012.

PTI

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