Army Reforms in India

The government of India has given its approval for the creation of a new post of the Deputy Chief of Army (3rd post). The third Deputy Chief of Army (Strategy) will act as an advisor to Vice Chief on the operational issues.

Key Points

  • Reforms in the decision making and reporting structure were felt needed for India during the Doklam Crisis in the year 2017.
  • As a result, various internal committees were constituted by the Indian Army with an aim to enhance resource utilization and increasing the operational capability of the force.
  • Based on the recommendations of various internal committees, the Government of India had initiated the 1st set of reforms in the year 2019.
  • The first series of reforms involved the relocation of many officers, the creation of a new information warfare wing, the creation of a post of “Deputy Chief” for military operations, and strategic planning.
  • In continuance with the last year’s reforms, as an additional measure, a third post of “Deputy Chief” has been approved to be created by the Government of India. The new Deputy Chief of Army (Strategy), will be responsible for routine operations, intelligence, and information warfare.

Third Deputy Chief of Army and his functions

Lt Gen Paramjit Singh, the Director-General Military Operations (DGMO), will likely be appointed as the new Deputy Chief (Strategy).

On the post, he will be responsible for looking after directorates of Military Operations and Military Intelligence.

Armed Forces Flag Day

India celebrates Armed Forces Flag Day on December 7 year. Recently, on December 4, the 2nd edition of Armed Forces Flag Day CSR Conclave was organized. In the conclave, Defence Minister urged the industry to contribute to the AFFD (Armed Forces Flag Day) Fund.

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