Defence Minister AK Antony on Tuesday said corruption was a serious challenge which badly affected the morale of defence personnel and urged them to renew their pledge to work with honesty, fairness and transparency.
In his customary address to the armed forces on the eve of Independence Day, Antony cautioned them against human rights violations in the fight against terrorism, saying it tarnished the image of the forces.
Raising the issue of graft in the initial part of his address, Antony said corruption affected the morale of the personnel.
“Corruption is today a serious challenge facing our nation – and our armed forces are no exception to the rule. Corruption not only badly affects the morale of the personnel, but also has many other implications. I appeal to each one of you to renew the pledge to work with all the honesty, fairness and transparency at your command in your day-to-day work,” Antony said.