"The Army is doing everything to assist the veteran soldiers but we have a problem here. This is because of a difference of perception in the higher echelons of the bureaucracy regarding this. It leads to the recent episode where the DESW in the MOD opposed the broad banding of disability pension. It led to a spectacle of a former Vice Chief of the Army - who lost a leg in hostilities - being pushed from court to court. It is a shameful state of affairs."
-- General VK Singh, Chief of Army Staff in OUTLOOK
"A man gets wounded in action - often resulting in the loss of a limb - and the GOI honours him by putting him on half pay! The physical trauma apart, trust the establishment to pile on the mental torture! Even when the judiciary gives them a way out, they drag it to a higher level! Unbelievable, but true. In 1962, many of those who survived Nam ka Chu from my battalion were disabled. The majority of them who soldiered on are gone by now, cheated by their own Government!
After bureaucrats sat on Siachen related files, the then Defence Minister sent a few of the Babu Log to the glacier for a couple of nights! A similar approach here would be inhuman, but it's a tempting thought!"
-- Major General (Retd) Ashok Kalyan Verma
"A blinkered view on the part of the Ministry of Defence has often dented the morale of our men. Battle casualties of the 1965 and 1971 Indo-Pak War were put on half-pay for being in military hospital for more than six months. Most of us have had to undergo more than one amputation and additional surgical procedures before the fitting of an artificial prosthesis. We must have been the only country in the world with such amazing rules and regulations!"
-- Major General (Retd) Ian Cardozo