No compromise on upholding image of Army: COAS
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Last Updated: Monday, May 17, 2010, 21:30
New Delhi: In the backdrop of several allegations of misdemeanours by top ranking military officials hitting the armed forces, Army Chief General V K Singh in a strong message to his senior commanders today, said there would be no compromise on upholding the image of the Army.

At the Army Commanders' Conference, the first under his tenure, here, Singh emphasised on morals, ethics and value systems of the Army and said, "there would be no compromise with respect to the image of the Army."

He also highlighted the "professional commitment, loyalty, sacrifice and integrity" and said these moral values were the "need of the hour" to drive home the point.

Singh had, on the day he took over office as the new Army Chief, said that he would work towards "improving the internal health" of the Army, in the backdrop of complaints of misuse of office by the previous Military Secretary Lt Gen Avadesh Prakash to influence a transfer of land at the Sukna military station near Darjeeling.

Prakash and four other General-rank officers are facing Army action in the Sukna case.

Singh also took the opportunity to review the South Asian regional security situation, when he talked of the asymmetric means adopted by non-state actors and terrorists to achieve their objectives.

He also mentioned the multi-spectral threats, which directly affect military doctrines and restructuring.

Stressing on the need to transform the Indian Army so as to customise its operational effectiveness, the Army Chief said army training should be "realistic, imaginative and practical."

Referring to low intensity conflicts, particularly those in Jammu and Kashmir and the North-eastern states, he stressed on "zero tolerance" of human rights violations by personnel of his force.

The commanders also discussed anti-Naxal operations in the country and it was highlighted that the Army had trained 46,343 personnel of Central Police Organisations so far.

The Army also decided at the conference to hold personality development programmes as part of its training curriculum for new recruits and it was recommended to be held on a trial basis for two years from now, an Army press release said.

With respect to empowerment of jawans, the Army would launch three programmes called 'Gyan Deep', 'Kshamta' and Vocational Training Centres (VTC).

'Gyan Deep' would provided certified educational courses for jawans through Indira Gandhi National Open University (IGNOU), 'Kshamta' would focus on developing Information Technology and English-speaking skill of jawans, and the VTC would be provided in the last year of a jawan's service through Centres of Excellence that would be established at select locations.

The conference would also discuss issues on a macro level pertaining to prevailing security challenges in the country and the neighbourhood, military strategy, operational logistics and matters impacting the welfare and enhancement of satisfaction levels among all ranks of the Army.

The operational preparedness and plans, and modernisation process of the Army too would be reviewed by senior commanders.


First Published: Monday, May 17, 2010, 21:30

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