National Defence Bureau,
New Delhi, 10 July 2017
Defence Minister Arun Jaitley appreciated Indian Armed Forces for handling multiple security challenges and the exemplary manner in which the Services have been conducting themselves. Arun Jaitley was speaking at Unified Commanders’ Conference in New Delhi which was attended by RM, RRM, NSA, the Service Chiefs and other senior military and civil officials of the Ministry of Defence and Tri-Service Organisations/ Institutions.
The Unified Commanders’ Conference for the year 2017 is commenced on 10 July 2017 at New Delhi. The Conference provides a platform for discussions at the apex level on all ‘Joint’ issues amongst the three Services.
Raksha Mantri (Defence Minister), in his address to the Conference stated that there is a deep sense of appreciation in every citizen of the country and the Government for the exemplary manner in which the Services have been conducting themselves. He expressed his satisfaction in the way the Armed Forces have been handling the multiple challenges to security. He also appreciated the strong thread of ‘Synergy’ in the interactions during the Conference. He stated that there is a clear realisation in the Government that issues relating to the Services cannot be kept pending for long and the Government will be decisive in its approach.
He also assured the Armed Forces that with resource availability increasing within the Indian economy, Capital expenditure will be a priority area.
Chairman COSC & CNS, Admiral Sunil Lanba welcomed the gathering & addressed the audience. Chief of Air Staff, Air Chief Marshal BS Dhanoa, Chief of Army Staff, Gen Bipin Rawat, Defence Secretary, Sanjay Mitra & Chief of Integrated Staff, Lt Gen Satish Dua also addressed the conference.
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