Videos of paramilitary personnel airing their grievances are doing the rounds of social media and are being picked up by the traditional media.
Such has been the controversy that Army Chief General Bipin Rawat had to speak on the matter urging the soldiers to approach the proper military cells for airing their grievances instead of taking to social media.
Now a video doing the rounds of WhatsApp shows an unidentified Indian Army solider commenting on the BSF soldier controversy.
The army man says that such things do not happen in the Indian Army. At the same time, he also points out that grievances within the military are promptly addressed and settled by the appropriate tribunal.
Here is a transcript:
“Many years ago I was with my platoon. A safaiwala (sweeper) in my unit said that he won’t sweep because he is of Yadav caste.
Upon questioning he said that he was an upper-caste man and joined because he was jobless after obtaining an SC certificate.
We punished him and sent him home. But the vacancy for a genuine candidate was taken away by someone who was not deserving.
Thankfully, there was no social media otherwise he would have spoken about his so-called grievance claiming that he was being made to do mundane things.
We have a system in the army were sipahis (soldiers) are admitted for specific trade. So a rifleman’s job is to fight, and soldiers recruited for specific tasks such as cooking, driving or sweeping, etc are supposed to do the same thing for which they are recruited.
I think that those who misuse the social media and create confusion should be punished for not following discipline otherwise it will have an adverse impact on troop morale.
It is our perfect system which has helped us win our wars till date. But even if someone has a grievance they can always approach the proper military procedure. Unlike the civil redressal systems, military redressal is swift.”