Welfare of soldiers
This is in reference to the news item “HC to review AFT’S position on injury sustained during leave”. It is sad that many rules in the army deny the soldiers their justified welfare. For example, when on annual leave, the soldiers are not treated as on military duty though the leave is authorised by the government. If a soldier becomes a victim of an accident, he is deemed unfit for services. Such soldiers are not entitled to financial benefits. Also, when a soldier is shunted out from the army on medical disability grounds, he is not given any financial benefits. Such orthodox rules should be reviewed. The retired soldiers need a respectable life in society.
Lt-Col Kirpal Singh (Retd),