Defence Ministry to have joint secretaries from Army, Navy, Air Force

The Defence Ministry will have joint secretaries from the three services as the government is considering a proposal for appointment of three officers from the Army, Navy and Air Force in this regard.

A proposal has been sent to the Cabinet committee on Appointments for the approval of appointing three Major General-rank officials from the Army, Navy and Air Force as Joint Secretaries in the Department of Military Affairs, Defence officials told India Today TV.

The officers whose names have been sent for approval include Major General Narayanan, Rear Admiral RK Dhir and Air Vice Marshal SK Jha. The Chief of Defence Staff-led department also has Indian Administrative Services officers including Rajiv Singh Thakur and Shantanu working for it.

The civilians have also been inducted into the DMA along with other staff from the Armed Forces Headquarters cadre who man the important positions in the department.

The CDS has also divided the work between the civilian and military joint secretaries in a manner where the IAS officers are handling the work mostly related to where they have to deal with other ministries and civilian departments.

The parliamentary work is being done by the IAS officers. Most of the work related to three services of the Defence Ministry has come to the DMA while the leftover residual work has been assigned to Joint Secretary (Armed Forces) in Department of Defence.

The DMA is an addition to the four existing verticals in the Union Defence Ministry –the departments of defence, defence research, defence production and development and ex-service welfare.

The notification said that the new department would handle the armed forces, integrated headquarters of the ministry of defence, the territorial army, procurement exclusive to services except capital acquisitions and jointness in procurement

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