Army meeting on restructuring todaySep 11,2018 SOURCE: Tribune News Service
As the Indian Army’s ongoing study to transform itself is on, Army Chief General Bipin Rawat and top military commanders would be briefed on the subject at a meeting in New Delhi tomorrow. This is the biggest exercise after the Independence to review personnel and the organisational structure and to explore whether the present practice is sustainable for the Army’s future requirements. The idea is to recast, right-size and restructure the officer cadre—39,000—in the Army. Lt Gen-rank officers, who head the Army’s seven commands, are in the national capital and teams would brief them about four separate studies that aim to right-size the Army and make it “leaner, meaner and battle ready” for the future. These are: ‘Reorganisation of the Indian Army’; ‘Review of Army headquarters’; ‘Cadre review for officers (being done after the AV Singh Committee report, 2001) and ‘Review of terms of engagement’. Each study is being conducted by a team of 25 members, which is headed by senior Lieutenant Generals. It was felt that few branches have overlapping work, which not only causes delay but also leads to duplication. The study is seeing how work of some branches can be relocated. The teams will also review all the charters of duties of each appointment. This exercise may eventually lead to winding up of some directorates, merging them with others or relocating them out of Delhi. A high-level committee headed by the Military Secretary, a Lt Gen rank officer, has been asked to submit a report by November-end. The committee will make projections for futuristic growth and consequent manpower requirements. Futuristic projections should form the basis for induction and reduction of officers. It is also looking to empower jawans and identify posts on which they can be promoted as officers. The panel will also make projections for futuristic growth and consequent manpower requirements.