New Delhi: Former FICCI president and Rajya Sabha MP Rajeev Chandrasekhar is going to introduce the Armed Forces Covenant (AFC) Bill, 2011 in the Parliament on Friday.

The proposed bill aims to provide a commitment between the people of India and the Armed Forces Community (Serving as well as retired) and their families, pledging a duty of care and improving support towards them in return for their sacrifices made for protecting the nation.

Chandrasekhar said, “There is need for commitment to take care of soldiers’ families for their sacrifice. The country has no legal apparatus for ensuring social security to the serving and retired soldiers.”
Earlier, the independent MP had tried to move the bill in the monsoon session of the Parliament. But the effort went in vain.

However, the Indian Parliament has the provision for private member’s bill but most of the bills do not become a law. A bill introduced by an MP who is not a minister is known as a private member's bill.
It is worth mentioning that the British Parliament had passed a similar bill.

JPN/Bureau