57,000 Army soldiers to be redeployed - Government of India

57,000 Army soldiers to be redeployed, says Defence Minister Arun Jaitley: The government appointed a committee headed by Lt Gen DB Shekatkar, (retd), which had suggested "structural changes" to reduce flab and revenue expenditure, Arun Jaitley explained.

In a set of new reforms, described as the biggest post-independence, over 57000 Army personnel will be redeployed from non-core duties like postal service and military farms to combat oriented duties.

Announcing the reforms, Defence Minister Arun Jaitley said that they are being carried out in consultation with the Indian Army and would be fully implemented by 2019. The restructuring includes shutting down of military farms, optimising signal units and reforming the national cadet corps.

“Restructuring by the Indian Army is aimed at enhancing Combat Capability in a manner that the officers, junior commissioned officers and other ranks will be used for improving operational preparedness and civilians will be redeployed in different wings of the Armed Forces for improving efficiency,” a defence ministry release read.

The number of soldiers available for active combat with the Indian Army is set to dramatically go up by over 57,000 in the wake of the Union cabinet accepting a slew of military reforms on Wednesday.

The recommendations were made by a committee headed by Lieutenant General (Retd.) D.B. Shekatkar for enhancing combat capability and rebalancing defence expenditure of the Armed Forces to increase the teeth-to-tail ratio.

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