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Issues raised by jawans on social media 'individual' view: Govt

Issues raised by jawans on social media individual view: Govt
In the wake of a few security personnel taking to social media to ventilate their grievances, the government on Friday said their concerns appeared to be "individual" in nature and do not reflect the collective view.

A number of videos were uploaded online recently by troops of army, IAF and central police forces complaining about the conditions they work in, "poor" quality of food and alleged ill-treatment meted out to them by seniors.

"Videos of two soldiers of army with reference to their grievances were circulated on social media. These appear to be individual view of the soldiers concerned and do not reflect the collective feedback received through multiple channels," MoS Defence Subhash Bhamre said in a written reply in Lok Sabha.

He said there is a well-laid down mechanism for feedback/ redressal of grievances in armed forces starting from daily roll calls where their concerns can be addressed to Company Commanders.

"The CO of the unit collectively addresses through a Sainik Sammelan at least once a month and resolves the problems faced by jawans.

"Also, each solider is personally interviewed by the CO every time the individual proceeds on leave, temporary duty and returns to the unit. Soldiers can, at their will, seek audience of the Commanding Officer/Commanders in chain for redressal of their grievances," Bhambre said.

Replying to another question, the minister said that apart from sainik sammelans, other "informal" mechanisms for redressal of grievances in armed forces include personal interviews, suggestion boxes, open forum on Air Force Internet among others.
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