The Cabinet Committee on Security (CCS) said in an official statement that it has accepted the recommendations of the Lt Gen Shekatkar Committee. Accordingly, measures would be initiated to sharpen the combat capability of the Indian Army in a phased manner by December 2019. Defence expenditure may also be rebalanced according to the recommendations of the committee.
The first phase of the reforms involves redeployment and restructuring of approximately 57,000 posts of officers.
“Restructuring by the Indian Army is aimed at enhancing combat capability in a manner that the officers will be used for improving operational preparedness and civilians will be redeployed in different wings of the armed forces for improving efficiency,” stated the press release issued after the Cabinet meeting chaired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi.
The Shekatkar Committee had given 99 recommendations to the government in its report submitted in December 2016, out of which the Ministry of Defence decided to implement 65, said the release.