No proposal before me: Sitharaman on making Army lean
Naliya: Union Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman take a high tea with officers and troops during her visit at Naliya Airforce station in Gujarat on Monday. PTI Photo (PTI9_11_2017_000220B)
NEW DELHI:: Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman said she has not received any proposal to downsize the Indian Army.
Sitharaman said a committee under the chairmanship of Lt Gen (Retd) DB Shekatkar recommended measures to enhance tooth-to-tail ratio. A high-level meeting between Army Chief General Bipin Rawat and the seven Army Commanders was held last week where the Army Chief was briefed on the progress of the four studies being conducted under the Military Secretary.
The studies include restructuring of Indian Army to make the force lean, agile and suitable for modern warfare.
“There is no such proposal in front of me to cut down or downsize Army. The tooth-to-tail ratio was discussed in the Shekatkar Committee report. The Army chief would be discussing the studies on how to make Army lean and a powerful machine,” Sitharaman said.
The study to restructure Indian Army started in June 2018. There are four study groups with each comprising of 25 officers and headed by a senior Lieutenant General and overall head is the Military Secretary, also a Lt General Rank officer. This is the biggest ever study of the Indian Army which is working to overhaul every department and organ of the Army in order to make it a formidable force less it’s flab.