Parliamentary panel suggests increase in leave for soldiers

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New Delhi, Apr 18 (UNI) A Parliamentary panel has recommended 15 days additional leave for soldiers in order to reduce the level of stress among them.

The denial of leave has led to a significant increase in the incidents of suicide among the armed forces.

The Parliamentary Standing Committee on Defence, in its latest report tabled in Parliament recently, said it had learnt that annual leave available to the service personnel gets exhausted in performing the accumulated family responsibilities and they did not have time for recreation with their family.

One of the reasons for stress among the soldiers was stated to be inadequacy of leave, it added.

The Committee suggested that desirability of providing an additional 15 days leave to the armed forces personnel while availing leave travel concession should be examined for implementation.

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