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BJP will make army training compulsory: VK Singh

Punkaj Bhaartiya, Hindustan Times  Hamirpur, April 16, 2014
First Published: 21:17 IST(16/4/2014) | Last Updated: 22:09 IST(16/4/2014)

Former Indian Army chief General VK Singh (retd) on Wednesday, while lauding the role of jawans belonging to Himachal Pradesh, said that the BJP would make army training in educational institutes compulsory if it came to power.

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While talking to Hindustan Times here on Wednesday, he said there was a need to give more representation to the youth brigade of Himachal Pradesh in Indian forces to strengthen their morale.

He talked about the shortage of forces at the officers' and jawans' level and said that all vacant posts should be filled up on priority basis. He said that he had sent a proposal to the central government to introduce courses in schools and colleges to prepare youngsters for the Indian forces.

"However, that proposal has been dumped by a section of bureaucracy not interested in the welfare of Indian people and jawans. We will try to make army training compulsory in educational institutions once the BJP comes to power," said Singh.

The former Army General said that though personally he was not in favor of creation of more regiments on regional basis, yet there was a need for the restructuring of the regiments and to "bid good bye to the present system of recruitment in Indian forces".

"The present system had harmed the cause of many states including Himachal Pradesh," he added.
The former Army chief said that the reports of military coups by the Indian army as reported in a section of media was not based on facts and was purely on basis of hearsay.

"I had sent my reply and report to the Union government, but without any result. Now I'm planning to file a criminal case against the paper once the election process is over," he added.

He said that his aim to join the BJP was to end corruption from the Indian polity and provide a viable alternative to the Congress party that had "harmed the cause of India too much".

"India had suffered much under the Congress rule and this party should be ousted from the Indian polity forever," said Singh.

Talking about the announcement of 'one rank, one pension' by the central government, he said, "The reported announcement was made in haste and without any budget. Rahul Gandhi had done nothing but lied to the people," added the former general.

He said that the Aam Aadmi party had done no service to the family of Param Vir Chakra winner Vikram Batra by fielding his mother Kamla Kanta Batra in the Lok sabha election from Hamirpur.

"Instead, such families deserve emotional support and respect rather than dragging them into politics," said Singh.


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