Army chief warns soldiers who fake disability to earn extra pension
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Army chief warns soldiers who fake disability to earn extra pension

General Bipin Rawat said that people should not consider the Indian Army just an employment opportunity. “People should remove this misconception, if you want to join the Indian Army then you have to be mentally and physically strong, you need to have strong will power and the strength to face difficult situations and find a way when there is none, only then can you truly be called an Indian Army jawan.”

india Updated: Dec 14, 2018 17:20 IST
Shivani S
Shivani S
Hindustan Times, Pune
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Chief of Army Staff General Bipin Rawat on Thursday warned soldiers who falsely call themselves ‘disabled’ and make their disability a way to earn extra money, through disability pension. (Rahul Raut/HT File PHOTO)

Chief of Army Staff General Bipin Rawat on Thursday warned soldiers who falsely call themselves ‘disabled’ and make their disability a way to earn extra money, through disability pension.

“If a soldier is truly disabled, we will pay special attention to them and help them fully, even financially. But, those who falsely call themselves ‘disabled’ and make their disability a way to earn money, I am warning them today, that you better mend your ways otherwise in a few days you might receive special instructions from the Army Headquarters, which will not be good news for you,” he said.

General Rawat was attending a ceremony at the Bombay Engineering Group (BEG) & Centre, Kirkee, near Pune . The Indian Army declared 2018 as the ‘Year of the Disabled Soldiers (in line of duty)’ and to commemorate the same a ‘Samman Samaroh’ was organised by Southern Command on Thursday. Six hundred disabled soldiers were present at the event, where General Rawat criticised those officers, jawans and other ranks who cite hypertension, blood pressure and diabetes as the reason for being disabled and are not willing to be posted to operational areas.

“We cannot allow disability to become a reason for avoiding operational deployment and operational duties at the cost of those officers and men who continue to perform their duties till their last breath in medical category shape 1 and continue to bear the load of the others without remorse,” said General Rawat.

First Published: Dec 13, 2018 23:58 IST