Staff Reporter

Steps being taken to prevent suicide by army men, says Defence official

HYDERABAD: Director-General, Ordnance Services, Lieutenant General D. D. S. Sandhu on Thursday said focus would be laid on modernising weaponry as the Centre had hiked allocations to the Defence sector this year.

The Central Government had allotted Rs. 96,000 crores in the budget that was presented on Wednesday. This was an increase of Rs.7, 000 crores when compared to last year. Interacting with media persons, Lt. Gen. Sandhu said that it was a good budget would be helpful for army, navy and air force to procure modern equipment. The capital expenditure of Rs.41, 922 crores in this year's budget would fund latest equipment in all the three wings.

He came to the city to attend a two-day biennial conference of senior ordnance officers of Army Ordnance Corps (AOC). Forty-five officers would attend the conference to discuss various issues related to the management of ammunition, indigenisation and enhancement of material support to the army. The conference would also review achievements in sports, adventure and other regimental activities in AOC. Referring to a series of suicides reported in the army, he said necessary steps were being taken to prevent such incidents in the future. "We are utilising services of psychiatrists for giving treatment to soldiers," he said, and added that a foolproof mechanism was also adopted for recruiting soldiers.

Lt. Gen. Sandhu, earlier, reviewed the parade presented by AOC contingent.