Parrikar in Lok Sabha: Roy Mathew’s death ‘isolated incident’, discussions on over Sahayak system


New Delhi, March 10: While the suspicious death of an army jawan after voicing his concerns over Sahayak System in Indian Army raised many questions for the government, Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar on Friday informed the Lok Sabha said the incidence is an isolated one and consultations are on over the Sahayak system.

The Minister in the lower house said, “It (Naik’s case) was an isolated incident. Police is carrying out an independent probe.”

He however refused to make any further comments on the incident.

Lance Naik Roy Mathew was found dead in a barrack in Maharashtra’s Devlali Cantonment on March 3.

The Minister said that consultations are on over the Sahayak system, which came into focus recently after a few soldiers took to social media to air their grievances over the buddy system in the army.

We are in consultation with all concerned and an appropriate mechanism would be worked out soon,” Parrikar said.

Minister of State for Defence Subhash Bhamre, responding to the question earlier, said there were a few incidents of complaints by jawans, but it did not reflect the collective mood of the soldiers.

There are various mechanism to address the grievances of jawans, that include regular holding of ‘Sainik Sammelan’ where the soldiers can raise their problems,” Bhamre informed the House.

Earlier this week, another soldier – Sep Sindhav Jogidas Lakhubhai of the Army Medical Corps – took to social media to attack the ‘batman’ or Sahayak system in the Army. Earlier, Lance Naik Yagya Pratap had posted a video over the same issue. In the video the Jawan had also referred to Prime Minister Narendra Modi and asked if government is tad bit bothered about the condition of armymen.

The Army however refuted the charges and said both the soldiers were never assigned any Sahayak roles.

Wefornews Bureau

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