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Be liberal with jawans' leave: Antony to Army

Against the backdrop of recent suicides and fratricides by jawans and stand-offs between them and officers, defence minister AK Antony today asked the armed forces to adopt a liberal approach to jawans' pleas for leave and respond promptly.

delhi Updated: Sep 06, 2012 21:30 IST

Against the backdrop of recent suicides and fratricides by jawans and stand-offs between them and officers, defence minister AK Antony on Thursday asked the armed forces to adopt a liberal approach to jawans' pleas for leave and respond promptly.

Chairing a meeting to review cases of fratricides and suicides in armed forces, Antony directed the ministry officials to talk to the railways ministry to ensure that jawans get confirmed reservations in trains while going on leave, ministry officials said.

"At the meeting, defence minister said the three Services should ensure that all the leave applications of jawans are responded to promptly by their officers-in-charge and adopt a liberal approach in this regard," they said.

The meeting comes after the defence minister told Parliament that a stand-off between officers and soldiers of an armoured unit had taken place on August 8 after the suicide of a jawan.

In the same written reply, the minister had said over 25,000 soldiers had quit the force in the last three years pre-maturely. Over 57 Army jawans have committed suicide this year due to several reasons.