Task Force report on Nat security by year-end
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Last Updated: Thursday, November 03, 2011, 17:08
New Delhi: The Task Force setup to review national security is expected to submit its report by the end of December in which the three defence services have demanded for a greater role in making security-related decisions and media activities.

"The three services have already met the Task Force headed by former bureaucrat Naresh Chandra and have expressed their views. The report is expected to be submitted to the government by December-end," sources said here.

Ten years after the Kargil war, the Task Force was constituted under former Cabinet Secretary Naresh Chandra to overhaul the national security apparatus by the National Security Adviser.

It has been asked to review the issue of integration of the three armed forces and the appointment of first among the three service chiefs - a Chief of Defence Staff, a recommendation by the Kargil Review Committee.

In the meetings with the task force, the three service chiefs have asked the government to appoint service officers in key appointments such as Joint Secretaries in the Defence Ministry, sources said.

The three services also asked the government to create separate departments for them in the Defence Ministry on the lines of department of ex-servicemen welfare and defence production, which have dedicated secretaries.

The armed forces have also demanded for a greater role in media-related activities and the public information setup of the Defence Ministry.

Before his retirement in July this year, former IAF Chief Marshal P V Naik had written a letter directly to the Prime Minister complaining of a lack of integration between the three services and the Defence Ministry.


First Published: Thursday, November 03, 2011, 17:08

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