The decisions come four months after the office of the first-ever Chief of Defence Staff was set up which according to its mandate has to work towards the jointness of the army, navy and the air force. These suggestions were made by a high powered committee.
Sources have confirmed that the minister at a review meeting of the pending recommendations made by Lt Gen DB Shekatkar (retd) committee, put his stamp of approval on the sharing of resources as well as `optimal’ training of the armed forces.
What does it mean?
It means that the three services should use the infrastructure of each other and share amongst themselves.
Who attended the meeting?
The first CDS Gen Bipin Rawat; three chiefs — the Army Chief General MM Naravane, Navy chief Admiral Karambir Singh, Indian Air Force Chief Air Chief Marshal RKS Bhadauria and the Defence Secretary Dr Ajay Kumar
What were the recommendations made by Shekatkar panel?
As has been reported earlier by the Financial Express Newspaper, the Shekatkar panel was set up by former defence minister Late Manohar Parrikar. The panel was to recommend rebalancing of the expenditure as well as the optimal use of the armed forces. Out of the 99 suggestions made by the panel in 2016, the MoD accepted 65.
The then defence minister late Arun Jaitley in 2017 had accepted 65 suggestions and not all were implemented. And these pending suggestions were reviewed and discussed during the meeting.