Speaking at an event for serving and retired disabled army personnel in Pune, Army Chief General Bipin Rawat said that people should not look at Army as a mere job-offering organisation, reports Deccan Herald.
He came down heavily on those soldiers and officers who feigned illness or disability to avoid difficult field postings and get unwarranted benefits and warned of strict action against those who were faking disability in order to avoid more challenging postings.
The army has declared 2018 as ‘Year of the Disabled Soldiers in the line of Duty’.
"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.” Rawat said.
He stated that he had seen a section of such individuals who were claiming to be disabled on the grounds of high blood pressure, hypertension, diabetes, etc.
He called people faking disability as ‘physically and mentally weak’. He also remarked that they should be ashamed of their pretensions looking at the exemplary performance shown by men who were actually disabled.
Rawat assured all help and support for genuinely disabled personnel who had suffered in the line of duty.