The armed forces lost 597 personnel to suicide in the last five years, while 1,349 officers quit the army during the same period.
From 2009 to 2013, 597 armed forces personnel committed suicide—498 from the army, 83 from the air force and 16 from the navy, Jaitley told Upper House members. The highest number of suicides took place in the army in 2010 when 116 troops committed suicide but the number came down to 86 in 2013, according to the figures given by the Jaitley in a written reply.
Jaitley said that the government has taken various measures to create appropriate environment for defence personnel, so that they can perform their duty without any mental stress. "Some of these include improvement in living and working conditions through provision of better infrastructure and facilities, additional family accommodation, liberalised leave policy, establishing a grievance redressal mechanism, provision of psychological counselling by psychological counsellors and conduct of yoga and meditation as part of unit routine," he added.