Highlighting the need to develop the Indian military into a “future force”, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday called for a holistic approach focused on breaking down civil-military silos and on expediting decision-making.
Addressing the valedictory session of the three-day Combined commanders’ conference (CCC) at Kevadia in Gujarat, The Prime Minister Narendra Modi stressed the importance of enhancing “indigenization” in the entire national security system, even as he reviewed the operational situation along the Pakistan and China fronts as well as the setting up of unified theatre commands in the country. the PM spelt out the “national security directives” for the 15-lakh strong armed forces as well as the “strategic imperatives” being faced by the country.
“Every Indian is very proud of our armed forces. Their courage is remarkable. Urged the armed forces to think about various reforms that would make the forces even stronger. Also discussed ways to integrate brave veterans in the celebrations to mark 75 years of Independence,” PM Modi later tweeted.
Highlighting the rapidly changing technological landscape, the Prime Minister emphasized the need to develop the Indian military into a ‘future force’. He also stressed the need to optimize manpower planning in both military and civilian parts of the national security architecture, according to the Prime Minister’s Office.
Modi called for a holistic approach, focused on breaking down civil-military silos and on expediting the speed of decision making as he advised the forces to rid themselves of legacy systems and practices that have outlived their utility and relevance.
The Prime Minister also pointed out that the country would be celebrating 75 years of its Independence next year, and called upon the armed forces to use the occasion to undertake activities and initiatives that would inspire the youth of the country.
The conference in Kevadia comes at a crucial time when the Indian and Chinese troops were negotiating disengagement in the eastern Ladakh sector. It also comes days after the announcement by Indian and Pakistani armies that they have begun observing a ceasefire along the Line of Control (LoC) from the midnight of February 24.
Defence minister Rajnath Singh, Chief of Defence Staff General Bipin Rawat, the three service chiefs, secretary-ranked officers from the defence ministry and top military officials attended the event.