The Indian Army should not be looked upon as a job provider organisation, Army chief Gen Bipin Rawat said here Thursday, and warned personnel who feign illness or disability in order to avoid duty or get benefits.
He assured all help to former and serving soldiers who have actually suffered disability in the line of duty.
“Aksar dekha gaya hai ki log Bhartiya Sena ko ek employment ka jariya manate hai, naukari hasil karane ka jariya (It is often seen that people feel the Army is a means of employment, a means to get a job),” said Gen Rawat.
“I want to warn you, remove this misconception from your minds. The Army is not a means of employment. If you want to join the Army, you have to show physical and mental toughness. You should have the ability to face difficulties,” he continued.
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“Kai log, naujawan mere pass ate hai aur kahate ji mujhe Sena me naukari chahiye. Mein unhe kehta hu ki Bharatiya Sena naukari ka sadhan nahi hai. Naukri leni hai to Railways mein jaye… ya apna business khol dijiye (Many people, including youngsters, approach me with a request to give them jobs in the Army. I tell them that the Indian Army is not a means of employment. If you want jobs, then go to the Railways…or start your own business),” Gen Rawat said.
He was speaking at an event where around 600 serving and retired disabled soldiers from the Southern Command, the South Western Command and the Central Command were present.
The Army has declared 2018 as “Year of the Disabled Soldiers in the line of Duty“.