The Indian army with a focus towards the welfare of the frontline combat soldiers, a new proposal to increase the retirement age of both officers and jawans in several branches of Indian army has been made. The chief of Defence Staff and the senior-most defence officer in the country General Bipin Rawat said on Wednesday. The proposals includes reduction in pension entitlements of personnel seeking premature retirement for invalid reasons.
General Rawat, the head of Department of Military Affairs on the new proposals initiated told, "We are, however, more concerned about the well-being of the competent frontline soldiers who face the real hardships and on whose courage and valour, we all seem to be basking in glory". The new proposals are already in argument after a document with details of the proposal was leaked on social media earlier this week. The forceful relieve from work after 17 years of service gets around INR 18,000 per month within which he has to look after the family, children's education and accommodation. The soldier and someone from the family are looking out for second employment for a decent survival. The extension age of retirement, ensures military to take care of them. "we should be able to care for combatants by lateral absorption into the services after they have done their hard tenures", said Rawat.
The entire youth and the early services of frontline combatant soldier are spent in places like Siachen, Drass, Tawang, Gurez and Sikkim borders and they mostly stay away from their families. In their peace tenures, they are mostly involved in internal security or state government assistance tasks. Once the proposals are issued for extending the service tenure of officers, the CDS said Colonels retire at 54 and then seek reemployment to serve till the age of 58 and once condition is they have to be employed in a lower status.