GOVERNMENT OF INDIA
MINISTRY OF DEFENCE
DEPARTMENT OF DEFENCE
UNSTARRED QUESTION NO.169
TO BE ANSWERED ON 18.12.2017
STATUS OF REPORT ON LITIGATION AND ALLIED ISSUES
Will the Minister of DEFENCE be pleased to state:
(a) what is the status of the Report of Expert Committee constituted by the Minister to suggest measures for reducing on litigation and allied issues submitted on 24 November 2015;
(b) whether the process of implementation of the report has started, as per the announcement made by Government on 21 August 2016;
(c) if so, the details thereof and if not, the reasons therefor; and
(d) the steps Government has taken to reduce litigation against soldiers?
MINISTER OF STATE IN THE MINISTRY OF DEFENCE
(a) to (d): The Expert Committee submitted its report on 24.11.2015 containing 75 recommendations. Out of the 75 recommendations, 16 have been accepted for implementation, and another 16 have been accepted in-principle for implementation.
8 recommendations have been implemented by the Indian Air Force (IAF). In addition, Department of Ex-Servicemen Welfare has also implemented 1 recommendation out of 16 accepted for implementation.
To reduce litigation, appeals on the orders of Armed Forces Tribunal and Courts are filed only if there is sufficient merit.