NEW DELHI: Nearly 800 personnel of Military, Navy and IAF died by suicide within the final seven years, whereas there have been 20 circumstances of “fratricide”, as soon as once more underlining the necessity for higher suicide prevention and stress administration insurance policies within the over 14-lakh robust armed forces.
The over 12-lakh Military misplaced 591 troopers to suicide since 2014, whereas the quantity was 160 in IAF and 36 in Navy, mentioned minister of state for defence Shripad Naik, in a written reply in Rajya Sabha on Monday. The defence institution has taken some stress administration measures however clearly way more must be achieved, with round 100 uniformed personnel taking their lives yearly for many years now, as reported by TOI earlier. Protracted deployment alongside the borders with Pakistan and China in addition to counter-insurgency operations do take a toll on the psychological well being and bodily endurance of troopers.
Troopers posted in far-flung areas additionally endure super stress for not having the ability to deal with the issues dealing with their households again residence, which might vary from monetary and marital issues to property disputes and harassment by anti-social components.
In his reply, Naik mentioned the federal government has taken “a number of steps in the direction of stress amelioration amongst troops”. These embody deployment of skilled psychological counsellors, enchancment within the high quality of meals and clothes for troopers, coaching in stress administration, provision of leisure amenities, ‘buddy system’, depart concessions, amenities for motion of troops from border areas and establishing a grievance mechanism in states.
“The problem of stress and pressure is being addressed by the commanders in a complete method at varied ranges,” mentioned Naik.
Particular measures have been put in place as a part of the multi-pronged technique within the Military, which embody stress administration classes, psychiatric counselling and sensitisation of commanders on the topic, he added.