Ex-Major Guneet Chaudhary, who filed the RTI application about AWWA activities, explains his stance.
The flame of one candle can light thousand of others. ~Lord Mahavira
Indian Army’s reluctance to answer queries under the RTI about the Army Wives Welfare Association (AWWA) has been making headlines. Some media reports suggest that the current army chief’s wife has been summoned by the Chief Information Commissioner to clarify matters. Guneet Chuadhary, who retired as a Major from the Armoured Corps, left a comment at the blog to explain his position on the issue.
There is so much confusion about my identity, the reason for filing the application against AWWA under RTI Act 2005. I thought I must apprise all with the facts.
I am the person who had initiated the application for the information regarding the functioning of AWWA. I am an Ex Army Armoured Corp Officer and at present the Advocate of Supreme Court of India and the Senior partner of JURISCONSULTUS, Law Firm with 22 lawyers on roll.
I have got a great respect for INDIAN ARMY and belongs to ARMY FAMILY. My association with the army can be ascertained from the fact that so for around fifty students (dependents of Army Personnel) form Army Law School, Chandigarh, have done their LLB internship with my law firm in the last three years. Further, three of them have been given regular employment in my law firm. I have handled various legal matters of Army Personnel (including Officers, JCOs and ranks) without charging any professional fees from them.
I have not alleged any thing against the functioning of AWWA. My application is only for seeking the information about the source of funding and functioning of the AWWA.
Public Information Officer of Indian Army says that ,”AWWA IS A NGO SO IT DOES NOT COMES UNDER THE RTI ACT”. IT IS NOT FINANCED BY THE ARMY.
The Appellate authority says that , “IT IS AN NGO BUT NOT SUBSTANTIALLY FINANCED BY THE ARMY”.
The questions is , “Who finances it?”.
Second major question is, “UNDER WHICH AUTHORITY SERVING ARMY PERSONNEL ARE SERVING AWWA.
THE QUESTION IS , IF AWWA IS PART OF INDIAN ARMY THEN ARMY SHOULD PROVIDE THE INFORMATION, IF AWWA IS NOT PART OF THE INDIAN ARMY THEN AWWA SHOULD PROVIDE THE INFORMATION ABOUTS ITS FUNDING. The answer has to be straight, either it is part of Indian Army or not, not a vague answer which was given, to quote” AWWA IS NOT PART OF AN INDIAN ARMY BUT IT IS DEEMED TO BE PART OF AN INDIAN ARMY.
Finally, why a trained soldier be forced to sell Vegetable in AWWA shop, why a trained solider be forced to run the STD booth for AWWA, Why a regular officer is made incharge( OIC) of AWWA schools? Why can’t these jobs be given to disabled exservicemen, war widows and retired handicapped personnel with full wages perks and benefits.
Next time visit AWWA shopping Centre, find out from the Civilian AWWA employee about his salary and any benefits. You will be shocked my friend.
Time is to revamp the structure of AWWA.
Most welcome to send emails to me.
The questions that Guneet has raised are valid questions. Running away from these uncomfortable queries does no good to the Indian Army. This blogger does not know the ex-Major, but believes that it is his love for the organisation and in seeking its betterment that Guneet is forced to raise these enquiries.
Indian army, like all organisations, is a living organism; it has to continue to shed its skin unless this nation chooses to let it die by deifying it. There are certain points in the history of any organisation when it has to change dramatically to rise to the next level of performance or maintain its old level of performance in a dramatically altered environment. Miss those moments – and the organisation starts to decline. Has this nation already allowed the moment to reform and restructure the Indian Army slip away?
The good things take care of themselves. We want to find all the negatives. ~Wayne Huizenga