PM Modi to be briefed about "Reforms in the higher defence management in the country" -
PM Modi to be briefed about "Reforms in the higher defence management in the country"
Posted 09 Jan 2017 11:56 AM


Prime Minister Narendra Modi is expected to be briefed about the process to create the post of a new General for armed forces during the annual Combined Commanders Conference (CCC) to be held at Dehradun in next couple of weeks.

Authorities from the National Security Council and the Defence ministry are working on the proposal for creation of the post of permanent, chairman chiefs of staffs committee, who would equivalent to the chiefs of Army, Navy and Air Force.

"A presentation on this issue is expected to be made to the prime minister during the meet which is seen as moving towards reforms in the higher defence management in the country," sources told.

The permanent, COSC would be a four-star officer who would be given the responsibility of tackling joint issues of the services like training of troops, acquisition of weapon systems and joint operations by the services.

Sources said the process of appointing the new officer is likely to depend on the direction issued by the prime minister in this regard.

Defence ministry sources have been saying that if the process is initiated timely, Lt Gen Pravin Bakshi, who was superseded by the government while appointing new Army chief, can also be considered for the post.


The meeting is expected to be held at the campus of the illustrious Indian Military Academy in Dehradun which is the training institution of all permanent commission officers in the force.

This is the second time that the meeting is being held outside the confines of the South Block on the advice of Modi who wanted to hold the annual conference at operational assets or military bases and not just Delhi.

During the conference, all senior army commander-rank officers of the three services along with the officials of the tri-services formations are addressed by the prime minister and given the direction of the national security policy by the government top brass.

This will be also the first combined commander conference of the three service chiefs as in-charge of the Indian Navy, Air Force and Army last year. Navy Chief Admiral Sunil Lanba took over on May 31, while General Bipin Rawat and Air Chief Marshal Birender Singh Dhanoa took over as chiefs on the last day of 2016.

The three services are also likely to brief Modi on the progress made by them in their respective areas in the last two years including modernisation of weaponry and also the efforts made by them in doing away with critical shortages.

The surgical strikes by the Army in Myanmar and Pakistan, the situation on the Line of Actual Control and the terrorism situation in Jammu and Kashmir and Northeast are likely to be discussed at the meeting. Some of the suggestions made by the Shekatkar committee are also likely to be taken up for discussion at the meet.

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