The army too wants reservation. But no one can possibly disapprove of what it is asking for. Making a strong case for the rehabilitation of war-wounded soldiers and widows, the army will soon ask the government to work out a formula for reservation of jobs for disabled soldiers in the corporate sector.
Army chief General JJ Singh said on Friday that industrial houses should consider helping such soldiers and widows pick the thread of their lives. “A few modern nations have such an employment model in place,” he said.
Figures provided by the War Wounded Foundation (WWF) show that more 25,000 disabled soldiers across the country need to be rehabilitated.
Till two years back, the army was bleeding in the counter-insurgency grid with over 200 fatal and 600 wounded casualties every year. Singh claimed that losses in J&K and the northeast had reduced drastically. He said annual fatality had come down to 40 while the count of wounded was around 250 during the last two years.
Lieutenant General Vijay Oberoi (retd), WWF president and former army vice chief, said disabled soldiers had been given a raw deal. “The kin of martyrs get their due but the wounded have been always been ignored.”
Oberoi, who lost a leg in the 1965 Indo-Pak war, is spearheading efforts to rehabilitate disabled soldiers with the help of the corporate sector.