Army Com­man­ders’ con­fer­ence be­gins

The Hindu - - NEWS - Spe­cial Cor­re­spon­dent

Against the back­drop of ris­ing vi­o­lence in Kash­mir, per­sis­tent cease­fire vi­o­la­tions along Pak­istan bor­der and spec­u­la­tions about a hot sum­mer along the China bor­der, the bian­nual Army Com­man­ders’ Con­fer­ence be­gan here on Mon­day.

An Army state­ment said that dur­ing the con­fer­ence, chaired by Chief of the Army Staff Gen­eral Bipin Rawat, the “se­nior com­man­ders will de­lib­er­ate on the man­age­ment of the ex­tant se­cu­rity dy­nam­ics, mit­i­ga­tion of fu­ture se­cu­rity threats and en­hance­ment of com­bat edge over po­ten­tial ad­ver­saries.”

The com­man­ders will also dis­cuss is­sues like in­fras­truc­ture de­vel­op­ment along the north­ern borders, strate­gic rail­way lines, and op­ti­mi­sa­tion of lim­ited bud­get, the state­ment said.

Gen­eral Rawat, in his open­ing ad­dress, told the Com­man­ders that they need to work in a col­lab­o­ra­tive man­ner for re­tain­ing and en­hanc­ing the cur­rent lev­els of com­bat ef­fec­tive­ness.

“He gave em­pha­sis on the need to lay down ju­di­cious pri­or­i­ties to en­sure that the al­lo­cated re­sources are utilised op­ti­mally and the force mod­erni­sa­tion be car­ried out un­abated,” the Army said in its state­ment.

The Con­fer­ence was in­au­gu­rated by Min­is­ter of State for De­fence Sub­hash Ram­rao Bhamre.

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