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Army chief Bipin Rawat lists difficulties for women

Army chief Bipin Rawat lists difficulties for women

As jawans have taken to the social media to air their grievances against senior officers, Army chief General Bipin Rawat on Friday asked his men to directly communicate with him and announced setting up of "suggestion-cum-grievance" boxes for this objective. "Grievance boxes have been placed in Army HQs, whoever has a complaint can submit there, we will address", he added.

Rawat announced the setting up of the "Chief of Army Staff Redressal and Grievance Boxes" at the Army headquarter, at command headquarters and subsequently at lower levels.

Soldiers and officers would need to disclose their identity, which would not be leaked, while making complaints, the Army Chief said at an annual interaction in Delhi ahead of Army Day on Sunday. He also assured the soldiers that their identity would be protected so that they are not harassed by their seniors.

In a speech purportedly made by Bakshi on New Year's Eve and published by an English news media, he alleged that a "malicious campaign, a deep rooted conspiracy", "whispers in the corridors", were carried out by "men in the shadows", indicating that the conspirators had reduced his chances of becoming army chief.

He promised both anonymity of the complainant as well as "best efforts to address the problem properly". "If he is not satisfied with the action taken, he can choose other ways [to voice his grievances]".

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Terming social media a "two-sided weapon" which sometimes had a "detrimental effect", Gen. Rawat observed, "We prefer that they (personnel) communicate directly rather than through the social media".

The Army chief also praised the "sahayak" or "buddy" system in the Army, saying that no soldier is forced to perform the tasks of a "sahayak" if he does not like it.

Seniors should address these issues and even if then the jawan is not satisfied, he is free to explore other channels, Rawat said.

Superseded for the post of Army chief when the government chose General Bipin Rawat, Lt General Bakshi will also attend the Combined Commanders Conference to be chaired by the Prime Minister.


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