Former Indian Army Chief General VK Singh (retd) on Wednesday lauded the role of valiant jawans of Himachal Pradesh for safeguarding the borders of nation. 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 Bharatiya Janata Party comes to power,” said Singh.
The former Army General said that though personally he was not in favour 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.
He said that his aim to join the Bharatiya Janata Party (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 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 announcement was made in haste and without any budget. Rahul Gandhi had done nothing but lied to the people,” added the former general.