Soldiers using social media for complaints will be punished: Rawat

17rawat1Army chief General Bipin Rawat on Sunday told soldiers not to air their grievances through social media.

Addressing the Army Day function, he said: “A few colleagues are using social media to share their problems. It affects the morale of the jawans and thereby the army.

“A few of our friends have taken to social media to speak about their complaints. This affects the soldiers deployed at the borders.

“You can be held guilty of doing a crime for what you have done and invite punishment,” he warned.

 He added that there was a proper mechanism in place for grievance redressal, and if they were not satisfied, they could even contact him directly, instead of turning to social media.

General Rawat’s statement came after videos, one from a Border Security Force jawan and another from a Central Reserve Police Force personnel, were posted on social networking websites complaining poor working conditions and lack of facilities respectively.

On Friday, the army chief announced a grievance redressal system under which complaints would reach him directly while the identity of the complainant would be kept a secret.

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