Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Army Commanders Conference

The bi-annual Army Commanders’ Conference commenced on 21 April 2014, in New Delhi, to deliberate on major operational, human resources and logistic issues affecting the Army. The conference was addressed by the Hon’ble Raksha Mantri, Shri AK Antony. In his speech, after being introduced to the Army Commanders, the RM emphasised upon National Security and Capability Development, reiterating that Capacity building is a continuous process that must proceed apace and unabated. He also highlighted some key issues and challenges, both external and internal that could have an impact on the Nation’s security calculus in the near future. Speaking on Internal Security, he acknowledged that improvement in the security situation in J&K was due to the synergy between the Army, other Security Forces & support of the local people. He exhorted the troops to strive tirelessly to uphold peace & security in J&K, while emphasising the need to ensure that human rights are upheld in letter He reiterated that in the North East region the Army has played a pivotal role in bringing about an improvement in the security situation. 

The Raksha Mantri emphasised that rapid growth and dependence on information and communication networks had positioned the cyber world and space as the new domains of fighting a war. Ensuring foolproof cyber security for our information infrastructure therefore would be a critical requirement. On the modernisation front, which was the biggest challenge faced by the three services, he stated that the solution lay in building a robust and responsive defence industrial base with public-private synergy and cooperation of our Armed Forces, as well as all other organisations. He also emphasised that one of the topmost priorities of the Government had been the welfare of Ex-Servicemen. ‘One Rank One Pension’ scheme had been approved and implementation process is underway. Similarly, other welfare projects like ECHS have registered a phenomenal growth since 2003, making quality health care accessible to most Ex-Servicemen, pensioners and their dependents.

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