De­fence Min­is­ter ad­dresses Uni­fied Com­man­ders’ Con­fer­ence in New Delhi

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The De­fence Min­is­ter Manohar Par­rikar has stressed on the need for joint­ness of the three Ser­vices to op­ti­mise re­sources and en­hance cost ef­fec­tive­ness so that max­i­mum funds can be made avail­able for mod­erni­sa­tion of the armed forces. Ad­dress­ing the two-day An­nual Uni­fied Com­man­ders’ Con­fer­ence (UCC) of Tri-Ser­vices Com­man­ders which got un­der­way, in New Delhi, Par­rikar said, “By virtue of our dom­i­nant, ge­o­graph­i­cal lo­ca­tion, In­dia is poised for a pre­dom­i­nant role in the volatile re­gion around us.” The Min­is­ter stated that hence there is a re­quire­ment to ex­ploit this ad­van­tage by de­vel­op­ing joint ca­pa­bil­i­ties. In or­der to achieve self-re­liance, he em­pha­sised on ‘Make in In­dia’ ini­tia­tive and in­di­geni­sa­tion of de­fence pro­duc­tion. To keep in tune with In­dia’s ‘Act East Pol­icy’, Par­rikar urged the armed forces for con­duct of joint ex­er­cises in­volv­ing more than one Ser­vice with our friendly for­eign coun­tries spe­cially in South East Asia. He com­mended the armed forces for their de­vo­tion to duty and the stel­lar role played by them in safe­guard­ing the coun­try’s unity and in­tegrity. The Min­is­ter also paid homage to all valiant sol­diers, sailors and air war­riors for their supreme sac­ri­fice in hon­our of the na­tion.

Ear­lier, open­ing re­marks were given by the Chair­man Chiefs of Staff Com­mit­tee & Chief of Air Staff Air Chief Mar­shal Arup Raha cov­er­ing Tri-Ser­vices is­sues. The Chief of the Army Staff Gen­eral Dal­bir Singh and the Chief of the Naval Staff Ad­mi­ral Su­nil Lanba ad­dressed the con­clave high­light­ing the ma­jor is­sues per­tain­ing to their re­spec­tive Ser­vices. A re­port cov­er­ing ma­jor achieve­ments on key Tri-Ser­vices is­sue was pre­sented by Of­fi­ci­at­ing Chief of In­te­grated De­fence Staff to Chair­man Chiefs of Staff Com­mit­tee Air Mar­shal A.S. Bhon­sle.

Dur­ing the two-day-long con­fer­ence, key se­cu­rity is­sues fac­ing the na­tion and im­por­tant strate­gic, oper­a­tional, lo­gis­ti­cal, ad­min­is­tra­tive as­pects per­tain­ing to Tri-Ser­vices were de­lib­er­ated upon.

The func­tion was at­tended by Min­is­ter of State for De­fence Rao In­der­jit Singh, Deputy Na­tional Se­cu­rity Ad­vi­sor Dr Arvind Gupta, Sec­re­taries of the Gov­ern­ment of In­dia and se­nior of­fi­cials of Ser­vices and the Min­istry of De­fence.

De­fence Min­is­ter be­ing re­ceived by the three Ser­vice Chiefs at the An­nual Uni­fied Com­man­ders’ Con­fer­ence for Tri-Ser­vices Com­man­ders’ in New Delhi

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