Army Commanders deliberate on security dynamics
The biannual Army Commanders’ Conference took place at New Delhi from 16 April 2018, chaired by General Bipin Rawat, Chief of the Army Staff, when senior Indian Army commanders deliberated on specific issues. These included management of extant security dynamics, mitigation of future security threats and enhancement of the combat edge over potential adversaries. Other issues like infrastructure development for capacity enhancement along the Northern borders, review of strategic railway lines, optimisation of limited budgets to ensure making up of critical deficiency in
ammunition, issues related to Border Road Organisation projects, ECHS, as also other matters relevant to operations, administration and welfare of troops were reportedly discussed in some detail.
According to analysts, the Indian Army is working on a proposal to utilise its budget in the judicious way to meet its critical requirements. The plan is reportedly to spend less on certain types of ammunition, such as particular missile and spares for vintage vehicles, and instead exploit that money on buying new equipment and procurement of making up the ammunition level for “10 days of intense war”. The Army believes these measures will not only save the some thousand crores, but also help substantially meet its requirement of ammunition for the next three years.