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Shortfall of officers main reason behind friction: Army Chief

Last Updated: Wednesday, September 19, 2012 - 18:11

New Delhi: Army Chief Gen Bikram Singh feels the deficiency of over 10,000 officers in the force is one of the main reasons behind friction between officers and jawans, which flared up on a few occasions recently.

Interacting with journalists here, Gen Singh also said the findings of the Courts of Inquiry (CoIs) are awaited in two recent incidents and suitable steps will be taken on its basis.

Asked whether the shortage of officers is leading to incidents of friction between soldiers and officers, Gen Singh said, "Yes, that is one of the main reasons. The shortfall of officers as of now is 10,100. The deficiency is definitely impacting."

This year in May and August two such incidents were reported in units located at Nyoma and Samba in Jammu and Kashmir where scuffle broke out between the jawans and the officers. One such incident had reportedly taken place in 2010 in Gurdaspur in Punjab.

Terming the incidents as "aberrations" and "isolated" ones, the Army Chief said his concerns were to ensure that the environment at the unit-level is suitable for growth and upholding the military values.

"As you know we had one or two instances, these are aberrations of course and these were isolated incidents. One was in 2010 and in recent past we had two incidents," he said.

On steps taken by him to address the issue, he said, "As a Chief my concerns have been to ensure that we get back to basics and ensure that climate and environment in the units are correct and conducive to growth and group cohesion and the core values of the Army are upheld."

Gen Singh said that integrity, duty, loyalty, respect, selfless service, courage and honour are some of the values taught by Army and he has been speaking about upholding them during his visits to various Commands and other military locations.

LPG consumers in Haryana to get 9 subsidised cylinders a year
Chandigarh, Sep 19 (PTI) The Haryana government today announced housholds with cooking gas connection in the state will get nine subsidised cylinders a year instead of six.

"LPG consumers of the state will get nine subsidised LPG cylinders per household annually instead of six cylinders," Chief Minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda said in a statement.

The decision in this regard has been taken for the convenience of the common man, the release said.

In Haryana, there are about 40 lakh LPG consumers and this decision is likely to benefit them.

Last week, the central government had announced to restrict the supply of subsidised LPG cylinders to six per annum in order to cut subsidy burden. Beyond the limit of six, consumers will have to pay market rate for getting the supply which could be more than Rs 700 a cylinder.


First Published: Wednesday, September 19, 2012 - 17:59
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