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Have cleaned up the Army, says Gen V K Singh

New Delhi: Claiming success in improving the internal health of the Indian Army, Gen V K Singh today said the organisation was ‘much cleaner’ at present than when he had taken over from General Deepak Kapoor in 2010.

“The answer is a big yes… we have been very successful in improving the internal health of the service,” he said when asked if the internal health of the force had improved and the organisation was much cleaner today.

Soon after taking over, Gen Singh had said that improving internal health of the Army was his priority as the force was mired in scams such as Sukna.

The Army Chief as Eastern Army Commander had ordered an inquiry into the Sukna land scam in 2009 in which two Lt Gens have already been court martialled under Army laws.

He said by improving internal health he meant that officers and troops followed and observed the “core values” of the service.

“We have made our system transparent and secondly, we have told all our people that however big and powerful they may be, if we find them in any wrongdoing, they will be punished under the Army rules,” he said.

“We have built confidence in our people so that they can speak the truth,” added.

Gen Singh said internal health of the force can’t be improved with the press of a button and will get better with the passage of time.

After Gen Singh took over as Army Chief, three Lt Gens have been court martialled for their alleged involvement in scams and the names of two former Army Chiefs also surfaced in the Adarsh Housing Scam.

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