Topic: Indian Air Force: Interesting Suggestions and Discussions

The role of the Air Force is to fly the aircrafts. Whether fighter or transport, all the flying machines must be kept airworthy, at all the times. The technical airmen do that job, sincerely and dedicatedly, in addition to other duties like, key orderly, mail orderly, fire piquet, Mess, security, grass cutting, white wash, painting, clerical and various other non technical duties. Those are part of military duties! In my logic, PT, Parade or Range Firing can be part of military duties, but detailing the highly skilled technical personnel for the clerical or above mentioned duties is nothing but loss of valuable technical man hours. Due to this apartheid atmosphere, maximum numbers of technical airmen either ask for premature discharge or go out as soon as they complete their initial bonds. There are only two classes of categories in service. The Commissioned officers and the JCOs/ORs and on the post retirement facilities also the same hierarchy is maintained.

These technical airmen are not only diploma engineers with 20 years experience but many of them might have achieved a Masters degree in science/Arts or a bachelor degree in engineering. The pre-release courses offered to them for their post retirement career can become a matter of debate or discussions. I do not want to name those courses which don’t have any academic value at all atleast for a diploma engineer having 18 years on job experience, leaving aside their higher qualifications achieved through personal interests. With this mentality and discriminating policies, are we sure that we will be able to become a developed nation in the future? My question to those who do not want to change these discriminating policies, do they enjoy the same treatment when they visit to any developed nation or deployed for a United Nation’s exercise? In some developed countries, upto the rank of Brigadier rank officers and soldiers dine in the same mess and have the same accommodation facilities. That facilitates good mutual understanding between those officers and the soldiers. That is possible when officers are selected from the ranks onwards as done in some developed countries. Does that seem a dream and arbitrary for us? If that is true then, becoming a developed nation will be also a dream for us.

During pre-independence British era, we had whites and the Indians and now we have the officers and the men in the Armed Forces. We got the freedom but the powers only transferred from the white hands to the brown hands and the laws remain the same. British used to take care of their officer’s welfare selfishly and resorted to various disciplinary policies of the subordinate ranks only. I hope, we are not abiding by the same mentality even after 67th years of independence also. We are a completely independent country now. We must feel proud to be an Indian. Why to follow age old Act and rules? Can’t we move forward with our own sets of rules? Aristocratic rules have no place in a flight safety atmosphere. Same way, suppression and oppression also have no place in a democratic country. Equality, opportunity and respect for each and every citizens of this country can only make us a strong global power. What is the purpose of purchasing those costly flying machines or weapons if the soldiers who will operate or maintain those have low morale, sense of prejudice or a sense of neglect? The good politicians and the bureaucrats must step in at the earliest, for the sake of the country’s prosperity, safety and security.

Posted by Ex Sgt AK