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Defence Minister reviews implementation of reform measures in Armed Forces

NEW DELHI (PTI): Defence Minister Rajnath Singh on Monday, April 20, 2020, took stock of progress in implementation of a long-delayed reform process in the Armed Forces under which a series of measures are being taken to enhance their combat capability, officials said.

The review was carried out by Singh at a high-level meeting which was attended by Chief of Defence Staff Gen Bipin Rawat, Chief of Naval Staff Admiral Karambir Singh, Chief of Air Staff Air Chief Marshal R K S Bhadauria and Chief of the Army Staff Gen M M Naravane.

Defence Secretary Ajay Kumar, Secretary and Chairman of Defence Research and Development Organisation G Satheesh Reddy were also present at the meeting.

The Government, in August 2017, had unveiled the ambitious reform initiative for the Indian Army based on recommendations of a committee headed by Lt Gen (retd) D B Shekatkar.

The committee had made a number of recommendations for tri-services coordination including measures to ensure convergence in specific areas among the Army, the Navy and the Indian Air Force.

The committee was tasked with suggesting steps to enhance combat capability of the Armed Forces.

"The meeting reviewed implementation of the recommendation of the Shekatkar committee," said an official.

The Army has implemented a number of recommendations out of 65 to enhance its combat capability.

The reforms recommended for the Army included redeployment and restructuring of approximately 57,000 posts of officers, junior commissioned officers and other ranks.

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