Soldier suicide controversy: Communication gap between officers and jawans, feels Army top brass

Sources said the Army chief is also trying to set an example for officers to follow during major Army occasions and he sits with soldiers on table for food, rather than sitting on his designated seat.

Even as the controversy over mistreatment of soldiers rages on, the top brass in the Army feels the issues are creeping up as there is a communication gap between soldiers and their superiors, and the onus lies on top officers to bridge the gap.

"Army Chief General Bipin Rawat feels that the problems have erupted between officers and soldiers as they don't interact much these days. The level of interaction and inter-mingling between troops and officers has come down and the gap should be bridged," sources told India Today.

Sources said the chief himself is trying to set an example for officers to follow during the major Army occasions and he sits with soldiers on table for food, rather than sitting on his designated seat.

"During a recent visit to a high altitude location, the chief also ate sweets from a soldier's plate and tried to engage with them, so that they open up to explain their problems and issues," sources said.

The sources said in earlier days, there was a lot of inter-mingling between officers and troops during sports activities and they would not hesitate to talk to each other while these things are missing from their routine now as both are now inclined to stay in touch through social media.

In the recent times, there have been at least three cases of jawans accusing their officers of being insensitive to them and expressing their anguish over social media.

A jawan deployed in Maharshtra committed suicide under mysterious circumstances, after he was shown in a sting operation taking a dog of his commanding officer for a stroll but the Army is now seemingly blaming media for the death, even as a Court of Inquiry and a civil inquiry are on in the matter.

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