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Day after Army chief Rawat's warning, video of soldier singing about grievances surfaces online

15 January, 2017 11:24 PM
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A day after the Army Chief Gen Bipin Rawat issued a warning to the soldiers who take to social media to air their grievances, a fresh video of a jawan highlighting the difficulties faced by the troops has surfaced.

Issuing a warning, on Sunday Rawat said that soldiers who took to social media to air their grievances could be punished as their act was "akin to crime" and lowered the morale of those guarding the frontiers of the country.

In the two-minute video, the soldier sings of the tough conditions they live in, the “pickle on roti” they get to eat while people go to the Taj [hotel] in cities and of not being sanctioned leave for over 10 months, reported The Hindu.

The third video, which has surfaced, features a Sikh soldier singing in Punjabi to a group of colleagues.

“It has been 10 months now, I am not getting days off; all the tears have fallen from her eyes. One who is married to us, she feels neither married nor unmarried,” said the soldier in a video.

The jawan also sings that politicians don’t seem to care about youth in the military. “They go to sleep after wishing good night, we celebrate Diwali on borders...”

General Rawat, who took over as head of the armed forces just 15 days ago, told officers and jawans that there were proper ways to air grievances and if anybody was not satisfied, they could contact him directly.

"In the recent days, some our colleagues have been using social media to air their grievances in front of the media. It affects those brave soldiers who are, as per the glorious traditions of the Indian Army, serving the country and guarding the borders," he said in his address in Hindi on the occasion of Army Day at the Cariappa Parade Ground in Delhi.

His remarks came amid a raging controversy after an army man posted a video on social media criticising the use of soldiers as 'sahayaks' of the officers.

The army man's video came after similar acts by a BSF and a CRPF jawan .

Note: DNA cannot verify the authenticity of the video and when it was recorded.


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