In India, we have seen many of the times that the basic needs of our soldiers are frequently forgotten. There is no doubt that India is one of those countries who have mega weapons like fighter jets, submarines, and howitzers. But the basic requirements of soldiers like protection gear as well as personal honor are often forgotten because of political-bureaucratic indifference. But now, the government of India finally took a good decision of buying 7.60 lakh medals for military soldiers. Recently, the government bought some new bullet-proof jackets and ballistic helmets for the soldiers.
The issue of army personnel awarded for their service was required to buy replicas of the medals to embellish from private shops for the last several years was raised. These replicas were available in the market for as low as Rs 40 to Rs 180. Though after much wait, the government, at last, took a decision of procuring the 7.60 lakh medals for about Rs 28 crore is a welcome step as the basic culture of Indian Soldiers revolves around “Naam, Namak, and Nishaan” (reputation of battalion/paltan, fidelity and ensign/colors). According to the Times of India report, a senior Army officer talked about the importance of the Soldiers and how they live their life. “They live by this credo, and if required die by it. Our soldiers, for instance, climbed upwards despite all odds and near-certain death to dislodge well-entrenched Pakistani intruders from the icy Kargil heights in 1999. It’s simply difficult for civilians to understand all this.” a senior Army officer said.
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As of December 31 last year, there was a shortage of 16.82 lakh service medals, which were awarded to deserving soldiers from the Army, Navy, and IAF but it was never actually given to them. Therefore, the military personnel had to buy the replicas of the medals (tailor copies) from private shops, which are easily available in the markets like Regimental Bazar, Lal Bazar, Medhipatnam and Golconda in the twin cities of Hyderabad and Secunderabad in just Rs 40 to Rs 180, according to a Times of India report. Times of India also reported that the full uniform with all the badges and medals would be prepared in less than 2,500 Rs.
Now, the defense ministry (MoD) has cleared that there are two separate proposals for procurement of 7.60 lakh medals and 9.89 lakh medals in the pipeline to clear the accumulation of the approximately 15 lakh armed forces. According to the Times of India report, the tender for the first attainment of 7.60 lakh medals has been issued by the Ministry of Defense’s Directorate of Military Regulations and Forms on this Monday. We appreciate the initiative of the Indian Government for the betterment of the basic requirements of Indian soldiers.