Here’s What Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar Thinks Is A Matter Of Concern

Concerned over the existing state of relations between the civilian bureaucracy and the armed forces, Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar has said his “biggest worry is that discipline gets compromised when non-official channels are used to air serious issues”. He said and I quote: I feel pained when social media is used to express concerns, without reaching out to us directly. Our government is sensitive to the cause of our soldiers. The anomalies will be rectified and the forces will get their due. He further added that there are appropriate forums to discuss and resolve serious issues, but social media and other non-conventional platforms are not one among them. On the suicide of retired Subedar Ram Kishan Grewal over the One Rank One Pension issue, Parrikar told The Indian Express that he was “saddened by the incident” but it should not be politicised. He said the issue of pending OROP payments to one lakh ex-servicemen will be resolved within the next two months.