57,000 Army soldiers to be redeployed, says Arun Jaitley


New Delhi: In a major reform for the Indian Army, the government has accepted the first batch of 65 recommendations of the Lt. Gen. D.B. Shekatkar (retd.) headed committee which will result in redeployment of 57,000 personnel for roles to increase the “tooth to tail” ratio.

Finance Minister Arun Jaitley, who also holds the Defence portfolio, announced that first batch 65 measures as per the committee report will be implemented by the year end.

These include optimisation 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.

It will also include closure of all military farms and army postal establishments in peace locations.

The government appointed a committee headed by Lt Gen DB Shekatkar, (retd), which had suggested the “structural changes” to reduce flab and revenue expenditure, he explained.

The committee had been set up in May 2016 by the then-Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar.

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