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Govt. approves plan to deploy more troops on the frontline

The number of soldiers available for active combat with the Indian Army is set to dramatically go up by over 57,000 in the wake of the union cabinet accepting a slew of military reforms.

Defence Minister Arun Jaitley said in the media briefing that the government, in consultation with the Indian Army, has been going through the recommendations made by the committee and the first batch of 65 recommendations have been accepted. All these recommendations have to be operationalised by the end of 2019.

All these 65 recommendations are related to the Army and the remaining 34 recommendations pertaining to the Navy, Air Force and Integrated Defence Staff (IDS) are likely to be taken up soon.

Committee headed by Lieutenant General (Retd.) D.B. Shekatkar:

  • The 11 member committee was appointed by then defence minister Manohar Parrikar in may last year
  • It has given about 99 recommendations to enhance combat capability and rebalance defense expenditure of the Armed Forces to increase the teeth-to-tail ratio.
  • The committee had even suggested that implementation of its recommendations over a five year period can result in savings of up to 25,000 crore in defence expenditure

Various areas of reforms:

Redeployment and restructuring of approximately 57,000 posts of officers/Junior Commissioned Officers (JCO)/ Other Ranks (OR) and civilians

  • Optimisation of signal establishments
  • Restructuring of repair echelons including base workshops
  • Redeployment of ordnance depots
  • Optimal utilisation of supply, transport and animal transport units
  • Closure of military farms and army postal establishments in peace locations
  • Improving efficiency of the National Cadet Corps (NCC)
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