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To combat fragging, govt plans to increase pay

The Union Cabinet will discuss a Defence Ministry plan to combat stress among personnel, reports Chetan Chauhan.

india Updated: Aug 02, 2007 06:06 IST
Chetan Chauhan

The Union Cabinet will discuss a Defence Ministry plan to combat stress among personnel by improving amenities, working conditions and allowances.

Last week, a jawan in Kashmir had shot dead his senior officer in a long list of stress-related instances that include about 100 suicides and 32 cases of personnel killing other officers this year.

The figure is more than the number of personnel killed in combat. Last year, 24 fragging cases were reported from Kashmir and the northeast.

To overcome the trend of suicides, the ministry has proposed a special relief package for defence personnel for the intervening period till the Six Pay Commission submits its recommendations.

The ministry also suggested a better system to grant leaves for jawans and properly monitoring their health.

The ministry has also talked about a better roster system in combat zones to reduce stress in addition to funds for a special package to improve working conditions in these zones.

The Cabinet will also consider bringing Indian sportsperson, including those in domestic circuit, under the stringent World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) control standards.

The Ministry of Sports and Youth Affairs wants the government to ratify the International Convention against doping in sports, thereby introducing WADA standards in Indian sports.

The new proposal will be applicable for personnel posted in field, counter insurgency, anti terrorist operations, high altitude zones and operational areas.