No ‘sa­hayaks’ at beck and call of retd gen­er­als, or­ders army chief

Hindustan Times (Chandigarh) - - FRONT PAGE - HT Cor­re­spon­dent

NEW DELHI: Army chief Gen­eral Bipin Singh Rawat has or­dered that no as­sis­tants (sa­hayaks) be placed at the dis­posal of re­tired gen­er­als and that sol­diers not be al­lowed to stay in cov­eted sta­tions such as New Delhi or other big cities for a pe­riod ex­ceed­ing their ten­ure as part of his efforts to re­form cer­tain as­pects of the army’s poli­cies and be­hav­iour that seem to be driven by legacy rather than logic, ac­cord­ing to peo­ple fa­mil­iar with the mat­ter.

Ac­cord­ing to these peo­ple, who asked not to be iden­ti­fied, both the de­ci­sions are in keep­ing with Gen Rawat’s fo­cus since he took over his first com­mand (a Gorkha bat­tal­ion): “Are we pre­pared for war?”

They added that the army chief be­lieves that sol­diers are meant to fight and serve at the front, not help re­tired army gen­er­als with can­teen du­ties or cad­dy­ing them around golf cour­ses.

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