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Vijay Gupta. Dated: 1/9/2018 11:37:17 AM

Need of stricter imposition of the ban on sale of combat uniform

Vijay Gupta
Jammu, Jan 8
It is the duty of the State government to impose stricter imposition of ban on the sale of combat uniform so that civilians would avoid wearing Army-pattern dresses and shopkeepers being refrained from selling combat clothes.
Notably, the combat uniforms are easily available in the market even though the state administration had already imposed a ban on its sale and purchase.
Ironically, anybody can buy it from anywhere. It needs to find out what the policy is and why it is available. It is a point of concern. Unfortunately, in consequences of open selling, militants in Army combat uniforms have carried out several attacks on army and paramilitary forces over the years. Not only Army, militants use other combat uniforms of CRPF, BSF and other forces.
It is the duty of the State government to issue a warning to not wear its military’s uniform in music videos, photo shoots and concerts. Moreover, the government should further move a step forward by making a valid point in not tolerating any mockery of its military uniform. It has become easy to use the uniform to fulfill one’s own agenda by people, therefore more emphasis needs to be placed on maintaining the honor, courage, and commitment that should reflect the privilege of wearing the uniform.
We’re all very proud of the Indian Army. One of the largest volunteer armies in the world, the stories of the valour and sacrifice are unmatched. Whereas there are J&K Police and other military forces in the country that are equally responsible for maintaining the peace and freedom that we all so cherish.
While the Army is tasked with fighting the enemy in case of a war, the J&K Police the Paramilitary and Central Police Forces are tasked with various duties like maintaining law and orders, border guarding, airport and industrial security, maintaining peace during internal conflicts
The use of combat uniform by people in Jammu & Kashmir, despite a ban on its sale and purchase by civilians in the state, is a shameful act which needs stricter imposition of the ban to avoid the misuse of the uniform.
Pertinently, the government should strictly issue the guidelines on shopkeepers that any person who wants to buy the uniform was supposed to submit a self-attested copy of his identity card and phone number with the shopkeeper and this record was duly maintained along with the date of sale in the record register of the shopkeeper. Stricter imposition of the ban can only refrain shopkeepers from selling combat clothes.
Civilians should avoid wearing "Army-pattern" dresses and shopkeepers need not to sell combat cloth, Army uniforms, and equipment as "it is illegal" to do so. Also, private security agencies not to wear "combat-pattern" dresses as "it is not authorized and leads to false alarms.


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