General Amnesty Attracts Four Digit Number Deserters So Far
[April 27 2019]
A total of
2882 Army deserters, including 2
Officers have so far reported to
receive their discharge from the
Army in the past four days
(April 22 - 25) after HE the
President in his capacity as
Commander-in-Chief of the Armed
Forces and Minister of Defence
on the recommendations of the
Ministry of Defence and the
Commander of the Army offered a
General Amnesty period (22 Apr -
10 May) to all Army absentees
under four categories.
This newly-devised General Amnesty period now in force
under the 1st Phase in the year accordingly facilitates the discharge of
all Army Officers who are absent without leave (AWOL) for more than 21
days, Other Rankers who are absent for more than 6 months (180 days) by
22 April 2019 and those absentees willing to rejoin the Army after their
absence of more than 6 months.
Considering practical necessities, discharge of those
absentees is being implemented under four categories as mentioned below;
Category No - 1:
Those long-term absentees who do not owe any money to
the Army or are not implicated in any legal matter are eligible to
receive a direct discharge, irrespective of paraphernalia (Q items),
issued to the subject or any other legal matters, involved in civil
Category No - 2 :
Those who have no legal obligations and are capable of
settling their loans against remaining balance money in the Army
Benevolent Fund, Suwa Sahana Fund and Compulsory Savings Fund or through
the guarantors or relatives, can be discharged, irrespective of
paraphernalia, issued to the subject or any other involvement in legal
issues in civil courts.
Category No - 3 :
Under this category, those absentees without any legal
issues or any loans that should be paid back to the Army or whose loans
can be settled against their balances in the Army Benevolent Fund, 'Suwa
Sahana' Fund and Compulsory Savings Fund either from the guarantors or
the relatives, are eligible to receive a discharge from the Army.
Category No - 4 :
Absentees who have been charged for indiscipline or
accused of other malpractices or criminal acts could also receive a
discharge in accordance with existing Army legal procedures and
Likewise, all paraphernalia ('Q' items) issued to the
absentees and any of their involvement in non-Army related civil court
cases, would in any way not be considered under all four categories
expecting to receive discharge from the Army as specified above.
Similarly, all those absent for more than 6 months
from service but are still willing to rejoin can be considered for
reinstatement, if so requested.
Under this new programme for delisting, absentees
within this General Amnesty period are requested to directly reach their
respective Regimental Headquarters either in person or by communication
to receive their discharge from service within the specified period.
Those intending to use the facility should carry the
Army Identity Card (if available), National Identity Card, documents
related to injuries sustained in terrorist attacks, etc before such
discharge is obtained.
Courtesy: Army Media Unit