number of studies regarding stress related disorders of the personnel of
the Armed Forces have been conducted under the aegis of Defence
Institute of Psychological Research (DIPR), a laboratory of Defence
Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) and Armed Forces Medical
The Government has been continuously taking a number of measures / steps
for reducing stress amongst the soldiers. Some of the steps taken are:-
(i) Counselling on stress management by trained and qualified
Psychiatrists and Psychiatric Nursing Assistants.
(ii) Counselling of susceptible individuals by Religious Teachers,
Psychological Counsellors/ Psychiatrists.
(iii) Leave policy for jawans has been liberalized. All personnel
returning to unit after leave are interviewed and medically examined by
the Regimental Medical Officer. Any stress marker is looked for and
motivational talk is rendered.
(iv) Projects, viz. MILAP and SAHYOG have been launched to reduce stress
(v) The training capsules on relaxation techniques including Yoga and
Pranayam have been introduced.
(vi) Stress related issues are addressed by Commanders through group
discussions / workshops / counselling sessions / stress management
courses / group activities like sports, games etc.
(vii) Grievance redressal mechanism for defence personnel has been
established in the States.
The steps taken to reduce the stress level amongst troops have yielded
This information was given by Defence Minister Shri AK Antony in a
written reply to Dr. M. Jagannath and others in Lok Sabha today.