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No proposal to scrap Sahayak system in the Army: Govt

New Delhi, July 29, 2017: No proposal is under consideration to scrap the Sahayak system in the Army, the government on Friday said, notwithstanding rising cases of jawans coming out openly against the colonial-era provision.

Updated:Saturday, July 29, 2017, 00:20

No proposal to scrap Sahayak system in the Army: GovtNew Delhi, July 29, 2017: No proposal is under consideration to scrap the Sahayak system in the Army, the government on Friday said, notwithstanding rising cases of jawans coming out openly against the colonial-era provision.

The clarification by Minister of State for Defence Subhash Bhamre came in the Lok Sabha in response to a question.

“No proposal for scrapping the Sahayak system, presently in place in the Army, is under consideration in the Ministry at present,” he said, in a brief written reply.

Under the Sahayak or buddy system, a solider is attached to officers and their duties include protecting the officers, maintaining their weapons and equipment and helping them in carrying out their responsibilities.

Last month, a senior Army official had said that the force is actively considering recruiting civilian staff in peace stations to do away with the Sakayak system.

Earlier this year, a number of videos had surfaced where some army jawans were seen voicing their anger over the Sahayak system with some even alleging that they are treated as servants by the officers whom they are attached to.

Source: Indian Express

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