New Delhi: The Indian Army has asked its soldiers to engage in social service during their leave periods, contributing to the nation’s development. This initiative aims to utilise the soldiers’ unique skills and experiences to enhance nation-building efforts.
The army's ceremonials and welfare directorate, under the adjutant general’s branch, made this recommendation in May through a letter addressed to all command headquarters. It suggests that soldiers, while on leave, select a subject of interest and relevance to their local community and engage with citizens to make an individual contribution to the army’s nation-building effort. Local formations are asked to provide feedback on these activities every quarter.
According to the Army, jawans are encouraged to partake in activities such as educating local communities about government schemes like Swachh Bharat Abhiyan and Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan, as well as delivering talks in primary schools on topics such as hygiene, cleanliness, road safety, and patriotism.
The army recognises that soldiers possess unique qualities and skill sets, often originating from diverse backgrounds and communities, with many hailing from rural areas. Leveraging this connection with society can significantly contribute to nation-building efforts.