Source: The Hitavada      Date: 06 Feb 2018 10:26:02










THAT the country’s frontline force, the Sashastra Seema Bal- which guards Bhutan and Nepal borders, is losing more jawans in mishaps off duty than during operations is a matter of concern. A report prepared by the SSB states that most of the young jawans indulge in reckless, irresponsible and drunken driving when on leave, which eventually turns fatal. The reason for irresponsible behaviour on the part of the jawans is that they become euphoric while on vacation after a harsh life on the border. Hence they tend to take liberties with themselves and make merry. However, this is proving to be detrimental as many of them are dying in mishaps. To avoid untimely deaths of jawans, they should be groomed to behave responsibly even when they are off duty. Many of the jawans are sole bread earners in the family, which has to face hardships if the jawan gets killed. The SSB too invests heavily in training the jawan to make him capable of meeting the challenges at the borders. So, if jawans die off duty, it’s a great loss to everybody, which is avoidable.


THE Maharashtra Police’s preparedness to deal with contingencies like the 26/11 terrorist attacks and anti-Naxal operations in the Maoist-infested Gadchiroli region took a big blow when over 30% of bullet-proof jackets the State had ordered for its forces were found faulty. Maharashtra Police had to return 1,430 bullet-proof vests to the manufacturer after they failed the AK-47 bullet test during trials. The jackets were primarily meant for Force One, QRTs and personnel involved in anti-Maoist operations. Selection of equipment used by cops always stirred up controversies in the past few years. The sub-standard quality of bullet-proof jackets was brutally exposed during 26/11 attacks when the force lost officers like Hemant Karkare. The rejection of jackets is a pointer to the State Government’s resolve on providing quality and standard equipment to its police force without any compromise. Government should take the manufacturer to task for supplying substandard merchandise and jeopardising lives of forces.