Indian Army to undergo major overhaul as govt clears reforms

The Government of India (GoI) on Wednesday has given nod to reform the Indian Army with an objective to enhance its combat capabilities and control the defense expenditures.

The reforms will be carried out in a phased manner by December 2019 based on the recommendations given by Shekatkar committee.

Shekatkar Committee had given 99 recommendations to the government in its report on December 2016, out of which 65 suggestions have been decided to be implemented by the Ministry of Defense (MoD).

“Restructuring of the Indian Army is aimed at enhancing combat capability in a manner that the officers will be used for improving operational preparedness and civilians will be redeployed in different wings of the armed forces for improving efficiency,” stated a press release issued after the cabinet meet.

In the first phase, about 57000 army posts, comprising of 31,000 civilians and 26,000 soldiers will be re-structured and re-deployed, which will increase the operation efficiency of the army.

Other major reforms include closure of 39 military farms and Army postal departments in peace locations as more viable and efficient alternatives are readily available. This move is expected to ease pressure on defense expenditure.

The committee also recommended merger of separate signal establishments into a single entity there by optimizing the communication network of the army.

Other reforms include restructuring of repair echelons and measures to efficient utilization of transport echelons.  Other major changes reforms include improving the supply chain and the procurement practice of the army.

The committee was given the task of reformation in the month of May 2016 and submitted its report in December with an aim to increase “teeth to tail ratio,” and the recommendation given by the committee is expected to have a great impact as the Indian Army certainly needed a remap and reformation.

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