Pre­par­ing for bat­tle

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In a first, the gov­ern­ment on Wed­nes­day ap­proved re­forms within the In­dian Army to en­hance com­bat ca­pa­bil­ity of the forces thereby re­bal­anc­ing de­fence ex­pen­di­ture in a phased man­ner by De­cem­ber 2019 based on the rec­om­men­da­tions of the Lt Gen Shekatkar Com­mit­tee.

The first phase of the re­forms in­volves rede­ploy­ment and re­struc­tur­ing of ap­prox­i­mately 57,000 posts of of­fi­cers. The mea­sures will be im­ple­mented in a grad­ual man­ner.

“Re­struc­tur­ing by the In­dian Army is aimed at en­hanc­ing com­bat ca­pa­bil­ity in a man­ner that the of­fi­cers will be used for im­prov­ing op­er­a­tional pre­pared­ness and civil­ians will be re­de­ployed in dif­fer­ent wings of the armed forces for im­prov­ing ef­fi­ciency,” stated a press re­lease is­sued af­ter the Cabi­net meet, chaired by Prime Min­is­ter Naren­dra Modi. The Shekatkar Com­mit­tee had given 99 rec­om­men­da­tions to the gov­ern­ment in its re­port on De­cem­ber 2016, out of which the Min­istry of De­fence de­cided to im­ple­ment 65, stated a re­lease by the Cabi­net Com­mit­tee on Se­cu­rity (CCS).

“The net ef­fect of this is, as to var­i­ous, dif­fer­ent func­tions in the Army, as per the changed en­vi­ron­ment of tech­nol­ogy, econ­omy, com­bat ca­pa­bil­ity of the Army, how it is to be best utilised,” said Arun Jait­ley, Min­is­ter of Fi­nance, De­fence and Cor­po­rate Af­fairs, while brief­ing re­porters on the de­ci­sion.

Re­source op­ti­mi­sa­tion

Un­der this, the gov­ern­ment will do away 39 mil­i­tary farms and sev­eral Army postal de­part­ments in peace lo­ca­tions. There will be op­ti­mi­sa­tion of sig­nals es­tab­lish­ments to in­clude Ra­dio Mon­i­tor­ing Com­pa­nies, Corps Air Sup­port Sig­nal Reg­i­ments, Air For­ma­tion Sig­nal Reg­i­ments, Com­pos­ite Sig­nal Reg­i­ments and merger of Corps Op­er­at­ing and Engi­neer­ing Sig­nal Reg­i­ments.

Apart from this, in the first phase, the gov­ern­ment will also un­der­take re­struc­tur­ing of re­pair ech­e­lons in the Army to in­clude base work­shops, ad­vance base work­shops and sta­tion work­shops in the field Army.

There will also be rede­ploy­ment of ord­nance ech­e­lons to in­clude ve­hi­cle de­pots, ord­nance de­pots and cen­tral ord­nance de­pots apart from stream­lin­ing in­ven­tory con­trol mech­a­nisms.

The re­forms will also aim for bet­ter util­i­sa­tion of sup­ply and trans­port ech­e­lons and an­i­mal trans­port units. It will also seek to en­hance the qual­ity of cler­i­cal staff and driv­ers en­gaged with the Army and im­prove the ef­fi­ciency of Na­tional Cadet Corps.

The com­mit­tee was given the man­date to rec­om­mend mea­sures for en­hanc­ing Com­bat Ca­pa­bil­ity and Re­bal­anc­ing De­fence Ex­pen­di­ture of the Armed Forces with an aim to in­crease “teeth to tail ra­tio”, stated the press re­lease. The Cabi­net on Wed­nes­day ap­proved a pro­posal of the Elec­tion Com­mis­sion of In­dia to aid in elec­toral man­age­ment and ad­min­is­tra­tion with the Elec­tion Man­age­ment Bod­ies of other coun­tries and In­ter­na­tional Agen­cies.

In an of­fi­cial state­ment, the gov­ern­ment al­lowed the Elec­tion Com­mis­sion to en­ter into Mem­o­ran­dum of Un­der­stand­ing (MoU) with the Na­tional Elec­toral Council of Ecuador and the Cen­tral Elec­tion Com­mis­sion of Al­ba­nia and the Elec­tion Com­mis­sion of Bhutan.

In ad­di­tion, the gov­ern­ment also al­lowed the EC to en­ter in MoUs with the In­de­pen­dent Elec­tion Com­mis­sion of Afghanistan, the Na­tional In­de­pen­dent Elec­toral Com­mis­sion of Guinea, the Union Elec­tion Com­mis­sion of Myan­mar; and the In­dia In­ter­na­tional In­sti­tute of Democ­racy and Elec­tion Man­age­ment and the In­ter­na­tional In­sti­tute for Democ­racy and Elec­toral As­sis­tance (In­ter­na­tional IDEA).

The Cabi­net also ap­proved the equiv­a­lence of posts in Cen­tral Public Sec­tor Un­der­tak­ings, banks, in­sur­ance in­sti­tu­tions with posts in gov­ern­ment.

This will al­low the chil­dren of those serv­ing in lower cat­e­gories in PSUs and other in­sti­tu­tions to get the ben­e­fit of OBC reser­va­tions on par with chil­dren of peo­ple serv­ing in lower cat­e­gories in gov­ern­ment.

Stamp pact with Canada

The Cabi­net was also in­formed that In­dia and Canada have mu­tu­ally agreed to jointly is­sue a set of two Com­mem­o­ra­tive Postage Stamps on In­dia-Canada: Joint Is­sue on the theme ‘Di­wali’. The joint stamps will be re­leased on Septem­ber 21.

A MoU be­tween In­dia and Brazil for co­op­er­a­tion in the fields of Zebu Cat­tle Ge­nomics and As­sisted Re­pro­duc­tive Tech­nolo­gies also got the Cabi­net’s nod. It has also ap­proved a MoU on the In­dia-Israel In­dus­trial R&D and Tech­no­log­i­cal In­no­va­tion Fund. A MoU with Myan­mar for the Con­ser­va­tion of EarthquakeDa­m­aged Pago­das at Ba­gan also got the Cabi­net’s as­sent.

A file pic­ture of para­troop­ers train­ing. The Shekatkar Com­mit­tee had made 99 rec­om­men­da­tions of which the De­fence Min­istry will im­ple­ment 65 V SREENIVASA MURTHY

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