The Chief of Army Staff General Bipin Rawat came out strongly in support of the idea of shielding the armed forces from getting politicised when all they are doing is their work of protecting the country from all external security stresses. The Army Chief was in Suratgarh on an official visit.
Speaking at the event the General was very firm in his belief that while the army is doing a commendable job of protecting the borders and maintaining a sense of safety for the country, it was imperative that the Armed Forces remain away from the political glare.
Speaking on the role of the media Gen Rawat reflected that,
" There used to be a perception that the army should stay away from the media least some sensitive information may get leaked, but in the current scenario, we have to engage with the media in a responsible fashion. Media is an important pillar of national power and therefore we should seek the media's support in moulding positive public perception of the armed forces."
He lay stress on building a strategy to formulate a constructive synergy between the media and the armed forces of the country.
The COAS not only congratulated the men in uniform for maintaining the highest standards of professional conduct but also emphasised the need to develop a positive outlook towards life and all the situations which arise,
"It is important that we keep positive attitudes but if an officer or a jawan feels that something is not right or comes across something not right they should have the confidence of reporting it so that accountability can be taken from the people involved and a solution can be reached. A constructive approach will bring us results, negativity will lead nowhere."
Gen Rawat made clarification with regards to the cap on education funding of children of martyrs, injured soldiers by stating that the cap on the education funding happened "possibly due to a misunderstanding by the Govt where someone may have calculated the per month spending done by a family on education', but now that the matter is being reviewed by the Raksha Mantri, she has assured the organisation that no undue step will be taken in the matter and hence after a careful review, the MoD will be issuing a statement.
He assured the gathering that the matter is a top priority one for the Minister of Defense and that the welfare of the martyrs' families will not be compromised in any possible manner. The statement came even as the Raksha Mantri held meetings with the Secretary of Ex-serviceman welfare department over the issue of education cap. She was briefed on the issue in detail by the ministry and all concerns of the affected parties were taken into considerations.