The Army Chief General Manoj Mukund Naravane on Thursday said that the Indian Army does not discriminate any soldier based on religion, caste, creed or even gender. He added that the outlook of the Indian Army has been throughout like this and that is why we started inducting Women officers as early as in 1993.
Manoj Mukund Naravane was quoted by ANI as saying: “Indian Army has taken the initiative to induct women in rank and file, and the first batch of 100 women soldiers was undergoing training at Corps of Military Police Center and School.”
Welcoming the decision of Supreme Court, Army Chief said that “It is a welcome decision as it brings out a sense of clarity and purpose to gainfully employ the officers for better efficiency of the organisation.”
Adding, MM Naravane said that “I must assure that everybody in the Indian Army including Women officers would be given equal opportunity to contribute to the nation as also progress in their careers.”
Army Chief also added that “The proposed Thal Sena Bhawan will bring all the Army headquaters offices under one roof thereby improving working efficiency, while reducing carbon footprint and logistics requirements.” “It will also allow more family time for all the soldiers tenating peace posting at Delhi,” he said.
On infiltration by Pakistan, MM Naravane said that “We have been getting inputsa and we have been able to foil (Pakistan Army’s) BAT action attempts even before they have been able to launch them.”
While talking about the effect of FATF plenary in Paris on Pakistan activities in Kashmir, Naravane said that “China has also realised that they cannot back their all-weather friend (Pakistan) all the time.” “If Financial Action Task Force (FATF) comes down heavily on them, they may have to rethink on their rhetoric and activities. FATF is a factor (in the reduction of terror activities in Kashmir valley).”