Advised after 2017 Doklam face-off, crucial Army post yet to be created

A crucial new Army post, the operational need for which came to the fore during the 73-day troop confrontation at Doklam with China in 2017, is still missing in action due to bureaucratic hurdles.

Sources on Sunday said objections by the defence ministry’s finance wing have slowed down the approval process for the post of Deputy Chief of Army Staff (Strategy) or DCOAS (S), even as the ongoing military confrontation with China in eastern Ladakh crossed the 100-day mark last week.

The Army, in fact, has raised with defence minister Rajnath Singh the issue of the “operationally required and revenue-neutral” proposal being stymied despite it having no financial implications or additional manpower requirements.

“The DCOAS (S) post was to be created in lieu of another Lt-General post, the director-general of Rashtriya Rifles, which the Army has already suppressed (done away with),” said a source.

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