FORMER CHIEF of Army Staff, General VP Malik (retd) Sunday said the lack of compassion of the bureaucracy, as well as elected leaders towards disabled soldiers, was a major cause of concern and a great disappointment.
He was speaking at the launch of the revised edition of a book – ‘Maimed By The System’ – on disabled soldiers and the travails of their next of kin at Panjab University. The book has been written by Major Navdeep Singh, a practising advocate at Punjab and Haryana High Court and Armed Forces Tribunal’s (AFT) Chandigarh bench. A former volunteer in Territorial Army (TA), Major Navdeep has also been the founder president of the AFT Bar Association.
The former Army Chief said that though there has been a slight improvement in the reduction of litigation by the government against disabled soldiers yet the situation was far from meeting desirable standards. “We feel ashamed that dues of such soldiers are denied to them over frivolous reasons,” he said.
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