In the wake of the recent exposure of the Indian Army on malnutritional food by BSF and CRPF Jawans, the study conducted by Indian Institute of Management Ahmedabad way back in 2012 has again become relevant. In its report, IIM had revealed how the Jawans of the Army are overburdened with work leading to dissatisfaction.
The study which was conducted under the title of “Emotional Intelligence and Occupational Stress in BSF and CRPF” by Professor Dheeraj Sharma of IIM Ahmadabad, highlighted several shocking facts of the life of these Jawans like -
- High levels of salary discrepancy
- Facing lack of identity
- Continuous posting in hard areas
- Lack of authority and training opportunities
- Facing demotivation
- Difficulty due to unpaid medical claims
- Lack of career progression for the jawans
- Facing different psychological complications
During the UPA regime at the Centre, Union Home Ministry had commissioned the Indian Institute of Management Ahmedabad (IIMA) to carry out a study on Indian Army following a high level of attrition of 50,000 personnel prematurely leaving Indian Army at that time. Despite the fact that IIMA brought out the shocking revelation, the report was never accepted by the Government. They did not bother to take any concrete action on it, revealed sources from the Army.
The 11-page report also said that army personnel were not granted leave on time. This was one of the major causes of dissatisfaction among the Jawans. The procedure for granting leave to these Jawans is labyrinthic and it takes a lot of time for the grant. There are instances that reveal that by the time the leave is granted, the period is over for which the Jawan had applied for the leave. They also suffer from acute deprivation of sleep and as a result, their energy level is reduced and they become discontent.