Scams have brought disrepute to force: Army Chief

V K Singh has acknowledged that recent scams involving some personnel of the force have brought "disrepute" to Services but termed these as "aberrations".

Last Updated: Dec 27, 2010, 21:53 PM IST

New Delhi: Army chief General V K Singh has acknowledged that the recent scams involving some personnel of the force have brought "disrepute" to Services but termed these as "aberrations" which would not have any impact on the morale internally.

He said the officers would need to introspect and match
their aspirations with their organisational goals.

"Yes, certain cases in the recent past have brought a
degree of disrepute. But these are aberrations. The army is
and will continue to render yeoman`s service to the nation,"
Singh told the `Purple Beret` magazine in an interview.

In the recent past, names of former Army chiefs and some
senior serving officers have figured in scams including those
related to Adarsh Housing Society of Mumbai and construction
near Army base in Sukna in West Bengal.

Singh was asked if the negative stories related to the
Army appearing in the media have had any adverse impact on the
morale and led to a trust deficit between the leadership and
the young officers.

"I do not agree that negative stories pertaining to Army
have had any adverse impact on the morale internally, or by
any means, led to reduction in trust deficit. Rather, it has
instilled a sense of belief in the system," he responded.

On the steps taken by him to strengthen the "internal
health" of his organisation, the Army chief, who took over in
March this year, said, "I have taken certain steps that
strengthen the existing core values, traditions and systems of
the Army... Officers need to introspect and match their
aspirations with their organisational goals."

Soon after assuming office, Singh had said strengthening
the internal health of the Army would be one of his top
priorities.

He said Army was one of the very few organisations in
the country which have "pro-actively sought to bring those
indulging in any wrong to book irrespective of rank and
status."

PTI