Shekatkar committee

The government recently reviewed the implementation of ambitious reform initiative for the Indian Army based on recommendations of a committee headed by Lt Gen (retd) DB Shekatkar.

Shekatkar Committee was tasked with suggesting steps to enhance combat capability of the armed forces.

Measures, as recommended by the Committee and taken up for implementation, include:

Optimization of Signals Establishments to include Radio Monitoring Companies, Corps Air Support Signal Regiments, Air Formation Signal Regiments, Composite Signal Regiments and merger of Corps Operating and Engineering Signal Regiments.

Restructuring of repair echelons in the Army to include Base Workshops, Advance Base Workshops, and Static / Station Workshops in the field Army.

Redeployment of Ordnance echelons to include Vehicle Depots, Ordnance Depots, and Central Ordnance Depots apart from streamlining inventory control mechanisms.

Better utilization of Supply and Transportation echelons and Animal Transport Units.

Closure of Military Farms and Army Postal Establishments in peace locations.

Enhancement of standards for recruitment of clerical staff and drivers in the Army.

Improving the efficiency of the National Cadet Corps.

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