Army has a rethink on its Sahayak system

The Army is now actively considering recruiting civilian staff in peace stations to do away with the colonial-era Sahayak system, in the wake of rising cases of jawans coming out openly against it.A top Army official the Sahayaks or buddy system – whereby a soldier is attached to officers — will continue be deployed in key bases and field areas as they have defined military duties.

The Sahayaks or orderlies are combatants and exhaustive instructions have been issued to not make them perform menial tasks which are not in conformity with the dignity of a soldier.An annual conference of top army commanders in April had held extensive deliberations on the Army’s “internal health” including on Sahayaks, and decided to reorient the human resource policy of the force. Sahayaks are soldiers and their duties include protecting the officers, maintaining their weapons and equipment and helping them in carrying out their responsibilities.

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