PM Modi issues directives to set up new tri-services commands


Seeking to bring in major reforms in the country’s defence forces, Prime Minister Narendra Modi has asked the Ministry of Defence to initiate steps towards creating theatre commands for the military. 

Under a theatre commands, all the troops and resources of the three forces – Army, Navy and Air Force – would be combined and put under the command of one officer, who would be from either of the three serivces and who would determine their use.

 At the combined commanders conference headed by the prime minister, the Integrated Defence Staff under the Defence Ministry was asked to prepare a roadmap for theatre commands and new initiatives would be taken by this year-end, senior Defence Ministry sources told India Today. 

APPOINTMENT OF NEW FOUR STAR GEN ALSO BEING CONSIDERED 

The three services had made a detailed presentation to the prime minister at the conference, which was held recently. As part of defence reforms, the government is also appointing a new four star general to looking after the issues related to three services. 

All these structures of proposed command would be provided in the roadmap by the military officers under the guidance of political leadership the sources stated. 

At the conference, the IAF had raised questions over the command structure and equipment integration under the theatre commands but everybody recognised the need for creating new military structures

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