Tuesday, July 10, 2012

Can Gen Bikram Singh erase the stain of Corruption?

The stain of corruption is fast eroding the reputation of the Armed Forces. In the last one year alone, several senior officers have been embroiled in a slew of corruption cases that have hogged media limelight. The situation is so grim that as many as six officials have either been arrested by the CBI or faced court of inquiry during the last two months.
Even the nursery of Armed Forces, the prestigious National Defence Academy (NDA), Pune, has not remained untouched by this all-pervasive decline in the Armed Forces. Recently, the CBI arrested two Colonels posted at NDA for allegedly accepting money from aspirants for ensuring jobs of cooks and gardeners.
Given the number of cases involving senior officers hitting headlines, former Navy Chief Admiral L Ramdas wrote a letter to Prime Minister last Friday expressing concern over “continuing fall in ethical standards” in the Armed Forces and sought setting up of a commission to probe the recent controversies surrounding them.
In the letter, the former Navy Chief said the recent controversies have adversely affected the morale of the forces, which could pose a serious threat to the national security.
“With the continuing fall in ethical standards at all levels in the country, including within the Armed Forces, we believe it is our duty and right to call your attention to these developments,” Ramdas said.
Listing out the age row involving former Army Chief General VK Singh, leakage of his ‘top secret’ letter to the Prime Minister, alleged spying in Defence Ministry and corruption in military deals, he said “this situation must be addressed with urgency, because it could pose a serious threat to our national security.” The letter claimed support of retired Lieutenant Generals PC Katoch, OS Lochab, Major General Ashok Kalyan Verma and former Chief Election Commissioner N Gopalaswami.
Can Gen Bikram Singh erase the stain of Corruption?
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