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New Delhi: Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar on Thursday launched a software to digitise records of over 12 lakh soldiers of the Indian Army.

The software, ARPAN 3.0, was launched as part of the ‘Digital India Week’.

Files and documents from seven records offices of the army have already been digitised, covering around 32 percent of the total soldiers.

Launching the website, Parrikar said the work of digitising all records will be done in a year.

“In one year, we will have a perfect website,” Parrikar said.

In another year, records of all 45 record offices of the army, covering more than 12 lakh soldiers, will be digitised, he added.

Accessible on the intranet connecting army stations, a website will allow soldiers access to their account information through a website through a login name and password.

It will have personal details, including documentation, unit administration, salary, leave, transfer and postings, besides various reports and returns. The details can also be sent from one unit to other, if needed.

Officials said kiosks will also be set at different stations to allow soldiers to check their uploaded information.

It will also help in calculating pensions once the soldier retires.

Army Chief General Dalbir Singh, meanwhile, said it will “enhance efficiency”.

“Units and individuals will be able to access records….It will also enhance the efficiency of the record office,” he said.

An army official said the software has been developed jointly by the Army Software Development Centre (ASDC) and Tech Mahindra, at a cost of Rs.1.9 crore.

It is an advanced version of previous software ARPAN 2.0.

An official involved in the development of the software said the transfer of records from ARPAN 2.0 format to the new version was a time-consuming process.

While this initiative focuses on digitising records of the Joint Commissioned Officers and jawans, the records of around 45,000 officers have already been digitised, he said.

(IANS)

 

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Defence Minister looking into education fund cap issue: Army Chief

The Department of Ex-Servicemen Welfare had capped tuitions and hostel fees at Rs 10,000 per month in a letter dated September 13.

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The Defence Minister shall look into the education fund cap issue to resolve the problem
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New Delhi. Army chief General Bipin Rawat on Wednesday said Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman has promised to resolve the issue of a cap of Rs 10,000 on educational expenses paid to the children of defence forces martyrs.

The Army chief further revealed that the Chairman of the Chiefs of Staff Committee, Navy chief Admiral Sunil Lanba, has informed the Defence Minister of the issue, and she that has said the issue will be addressed on priority.

Defence Ministry sources reported that the Minister had held a meeting on the issue on Wednesday and a decision is likely to be announced soon.

General Rawat said: “For our martyrs, children are entitled (to) free education. It is a very good thing that the government has done. What has happened is possibly because of some misunderstanding– they have now capped it at Rs 10,000 because somebody must have calculated as to how much a person spends per month on child education,” .

“In our case, we have written to the government. I think the Defence Minister is completely seized of the problem. She is aware of it, and after we explained the reason to her… she said she is certainly concerned about it and will address the issue on priority,” he told reporters on the sidelines of an event here.

According to informed sources, Admiral Lanba, the most senior among the three service chiefs, wrote to the Minister to urge her to resolve the problem.

A letter dated September 13 by the Department of Ex-Servicemen Welfare had capped fee for tuitions and hostel expenses at Rs 10,000 per month.

The demand to a rollback on the decision was also raised by Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh, and Union Minister of State for External Affairs General V.K. Singh, who is himself an Army ex-chief. (IANS)

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Prime Minister celebrates Diwali with Soldiers at LoC

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Srinagar, October 19: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday arrived in the border town of Gurez to celebrate Diwali with soldiers protecting the country’s borders.

Official reports said in summer capital Srinagar that the Prime Minister arrived at the Dawar Brigade headquarters of the Indian Army in Gurez border town on Thursday to celebrate Diwali with soldiers protecting the Line of Control (LoC).

Sources here said the Prime Minister is also visiting the far-flung Tulial area near the LoC in Gurez sector to spend some time with the soldiers there.

A day ahead of Modi’s visit, Chief of Army Staff General Bipin Rawat had visited the area on Wednesday to review the security situation in the Kashmir valley.(IANS)

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Can’t have one solution for entire nation: Parrikar

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Panaji, Sep 15 (IANS) One blanket solution for a problem can never work for the whole country, Goa Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar said on Friday, underlining that the Supreme Court order last year banning the sale of liquor 500 metres from highways was one such solution.

“Be it legislation, judiciary or government, we think that one type, one bracketed solution is appropriate for all problems… (But) What may be good in New Delhi may not be good in Goa. It may be actually negative in Goa. It will not work in Goa,” Parrikar said.

“One solution cannot be there for the nation,” he said.

Parrikar was speaking on the concluding day of a two-day conference near Panaji on ‘Good Governance and Replication of Best Practices’ organised by the Central Department of Administrative Reforms and Public Grievances.

Commenting on the apex court’s order banning alcohol sale along highways, Parrikar said: “The basic logic was punish a drunk driver. After the order I found many drunk drivers carrying bottles. Earlier two pegs or three pegs was what they took, now they drink a bottle. Now they carry (bottles).”

“Punish a drunk driver… The positive aspect is considered. But at the same time one solution cannot be there for the nation,” he said.

The former Defence Minister said while many legislations may induce good governance, they also “induce certain negativity”. “Despite of that, I feel that these acts are necessary,” Parrikar said. (source:IANS)