ITBP publishes health book for jawans, duty book for wives
Do not allow your husband to tie the nuptial knot again while he is still married to you; be updated with the regimental number and rank of your husband.
These are some of the instructions that border guarding force ITBP has compiled in a unique booklet and distributed among the wives of its troops deployed in far-flung frontier areas and in the hinterlands.
The Sino-India frontier force has undertaken a first-time initiative to make aware the wives of its troops about their "rights and duties".
The booklet has been attached in another book that the paramilitary has prepared to educate its jawans and their families about issues of health and personal hygiene.
Over 85,000 copies of these two booklets have already been printed and dispatched to the field formations of the force. ITBP Director General Krishna Chaudhary, who has also written a foreword in the book, told a news agency that strict directions have been issued to all the formations to ensure that these books are handed over by the troops to their families when they visit them on leave. "We got these booklets prepared by talking to experts and doctors of the force. The aim is to keep the troops and their families healthy and happy given the fact that they are deployed in hard areas where communication with the world is minimal," the DG said.
The booklet for wives tells them that they should be updated and informed about the regimental number (force ID), rank, current pay, location of battalion or unit and even the number of official leaves their husbands are entitled to.
"Ensure that your name is included in his service book, your name has been entered as the next of kin in the service record and all bank accounts and life insurance policies," the instructions state.
ITBP spokesperson Deputy Commandant Vivek K Pandey explains the rationale behind the initiative:
"The duty charter of the force is such that troops are on duty and away from home for long and visit their homes only during the leave period and it is the wives who run the household in their absence.