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Modi Government Approves Lt Gen Shekatkar Committee Recommendations In Biggest Ever Post Independence Military Reforms Drive

Shailesh Kumar, National Defence,
New Delhi, 30 September 2017

In a first ever exercise after Independence, the Ministry of Defence in consultation with the Indian Army has decided to reform the Indian Army in a planned manner. These decisions were approved by the Raksha Mantri Arun Jaitley after an extensive consultations with all stakeholders.

  1. The first phase of the reforms involves redeployment and restructuring of approximately 57000 posts of officers/JC0s/OR, and civilians. Major reforms concerning the following has been approved:-

(a) 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.

(b) Restructuring of repair echelons in the Army to include Workshops, Advance Base Workshops and Static Workshops in the field Army.

(c) Redeployment of Ordnance echelons to include Vehicle Depots. Ordnance Depots and Central Ordnance Depots apart from streamlining inventory control mechanisms.

(d) Better utilization of Supply and Transport echelons and Animal Transport units.

(el Closure of Military Farms and Army postal establishments in peace locations.

(f) Enhancement in standards for recruitment of clerical staff and drivers in the Army.

(g) Improving the efficiency of the National Cadet Corps.

Implementation has begun with the decision of the Cabinet Committee on Security to close 39 military farms in a time bound manner.

  1. Ministry of Defence had constituted a Committee of Experts under the Chairmanship of Lt Gen (Dr.) D.B. Shekatkar (Retd) with a mandate to recommend measures for enhancing of Combat Capability & Re-balancing Defence Expenditure of the Armed Forces with an aim to increase “teeth to tail ratio”.
  2. The Committee of expert had submitted its rePort tt’ the December, 2016, which was considered by the Ministry of Defence and 99 recommendations were sent to the Armed Forces for making an implementation plan. Raksha Mantri Arun Jaitley has aPPtt.7d 65 of these recommendations pertaining to the Indian Army implementation.
  3. These reforms will be completed in all respects by 31 December, 2019. Restructuring by the Indian Army is aimed at enhancing Combat Capability in a manner that the officers/JC0s/ORs will be used for improving operational preparedness and the civilians will be redeployed in different wings of the Armed Forces for improving efficiency.

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