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Indian army chief urges 'defence preparedness at all times'

Publication Date : 16-10-2012

 

With 2012 being the 50th anniversary of the Sino-Indian border conflict, India's Chief of Army Staff General Bikram Singh, in his opening address at the four-day Commanders Conference yesterday, stressed on the need for maintaining extremely high levels of operational preparedness at all times.

Praising the commands for their efforts, he reiterated the need for the Army to be constantly prepared to fulfil its constitutional obligations and assigned roles. General Bikram Singh said there was a need to address hollowness in defence preparedness and undertake modernisation with added vigour.

Highlighting that modernisation is a complex and dynamic process, he said a new direction is being carved out by incorporating relevant transformation issues, including several emerging technologies, and required operational changes.

The Army chief emphasised on the need to uphold the core values of the Army and concentrate on management of units to ensure group cohesion and high levels of motivation and morale.

The conference will be discussing the situation in India’s strategic neighbourhood, including Pakistan and Afghanistan, and the growing military prowess of China. Recently the Army chief had stated that there would never be a repeat of 1962.

The three services will also give a detailed presentation to Prime Minister Manmohan Singh during the Combined Commanders’ Conference about the security situation in the sub-continent and the status of their readiness to meet any threat.

Army commanders will take stock of the situation in Jammu and Kashmir and the North-east besides its operational preparedness on the western border facing Pakistan and eastern front facing China. The commanders will also review status of procurement of weaponry, training to troops to fight in conventional and sub-conventional scenario and synergy with IAF and Navy.

The Army will discuss promotion policy and an enduring human resource policy and address issues pertaining to all ranks, be it personnel below officer rank (PBOR) or commissioned officers.

The IAF will review the status of ongoing modernisation of its fleet and upgrade of airfields in the North-east, in view of vastly superior Chinese military infrastructure along the LAC. There are more than 30 airfields and advanced landing grounds in the North-east and the IAF is keen to modernise them within the next four to five years.

Issues like having an aerospace command and special forces command as recommended by the Naresh Chandra Committee are also likely to come up during the conference chaired by the prime minister.

 

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