After incidents of clashes between officers and jawans, commanders have been told to exercise zero tolerance in such cases and exemplary punishment is promulgated to give "necessary preventive lessons" to the personnel, the union government said on Wednesday.
In a written reply to a query in the Rajya Sabha, defence minister AK Antony said clashes between army officers and jawans in Leh and Samba in Jammu and Kashmir and Gurdaspur (Punjab) were aberrations and did not indicate declining discipline and leadership standards in the force.
The army has already taken steps against its personnel in these cases and more than 200 officers and jawans have faced disciplinary or administrative action last year.
On August 8, 2012, jawans agitated against the commanding officer and certain functionaries of the 16 cavalry unit in Samba, while on May 10-11, 2012, a case of manhandling involving officers and other ranks of the 226 artillery unit took place at the Mahe field firing range in Leh, he said.
Antony stated that on April 29, 2010, an altercation had taken place between an officer and a jawan of the 45 cavalry unit in Gurdaspur.
"Stringent and prompt action is initiated whenever such an incidents comes to light. The punishments are exemplary and promulgated in an open forum so that the environment draws necessary preventive lessons," he said.
The defence minister said measures such as better man management and adequate grievance redressal mechanisms had been put in place to address the causative factors.