Defence Minister Rajnath addressed Army Commanders’ Conference

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Defence Minister Rajnath Singh addressed army commanders conference

The Indian Army Commanders’ Conference, an apex level biannual event, is being held in New Delhi and was conducted in virtual mode on 28th March and thereafter in physical mode on 01st and  02nd April 2024. During the event, Indian Army’s apex leadership  comprehensively deliberated upon all aspects of existing security scenarios, situation along the borders, in the hinterland and challenges for the present security apparatus.

In addition, the conference also focused on issues pertaining to organisational restructuring, logistics, administration, human resource management, modernisation through indigenisation, induction of Niche technologies and assessment of impact of the various existing global situations.

The main highlight of the third day of the conference was the address by the Defence Minister  Rajnath Singh, to the senior leadership of the Indian Army, which was preceded by address by Chief of Defence Staff  Gen Anil Chauhan , Army Chief Gen. Manoj Pande , Chief of Naval Staff Admiral P Hari Kumar and Indian Air Force Chief Air Marshal VR Chaudhary as also a brief on the “Technological Infusion and Absorption Roadmap for Indian Army” plans.

Defence Minister Rajnath Singh meets Indian Army officers during commanders conference on Tuesday

The Defence Minister stressed upon the present complex world situation which affects everyone  globally. He stated that “Unconventional and asymmetric warfare, including hybrid war will be part of the future conventional wars. Cyber, information, communication, trade and finance have all become an inseparable part of future conflicts. This necessitates that Armed Forces will have to keep all these facets in consideration while planning and formulating strategies”.

On the current situation along the Northern borders,Rajnath Singh  expressed full confidence that while troops are standing firm, the ongoing talks for peaceful resolution will continue and disengagement and de-escalation is the way forward.

Referring to the situation along the Western borders, he complimented the Indian Army’s response to cross border terrorism, however the proxy war by the adversary continues. Rajnath Singh said “I compliment the excellent synergy between the CAPF/ Police forces and the Army in tackling the menace of terrorism in Jammu and Kashmir. The synergised operations in the Union Territory of Jammu and Kashmir are contributing to increased stability in the region and the same should continue”.

The Defence Minister stressed upon the technological advancement taking place in every sphere of our life and applauded the Armed Forces for aptly incorporating them.  He also remarked that the government is committed in every manner towards the welfare of the Veterans and the Next of Kin of all categories of Battle Casualties and the nation remains indebted to the sacrifices made by vallant soldiers and their family.

He concluded by saying that issues related to “Defence diplomacy, indigenisation, information warfare, defence infrastructure and force modernisation should always be deliberated upon in such a forum. Doctrinal changes whenever required should be made to make the Armed Forces future ready.