For the first time ever in the history of the Indian Armed Forces, uniformed personnel from the Army, Air Force and Navy have been appointed formally as additional secretary and joint secretaries in the Ministry of Defence (MoD). This will help in streamlining decision making powers and other functions.
When was the order issued?
In an order issued earlier this week, the Appointments Committee of the Cabinet (ACC), which is headed by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Lt Gen Anil Puri has been appointed as the Additional Secretary in the Department of Military Affairs (DMA).
Gen K. Narayanan, Rear Admiral Kapil Mohan Dhir and Air Vice Marshal Hardeep Bains all three are now joint secretaries in the DMA. The office of DMA is now in the second year of being set up. As part of major reforms undertaken in the Ministry of Defence, this office was set up in 2020, and is headed by CDS Gen Bipin Rawat.
So far, the files had to be sent to the Secretary, DMA for any decisions to be made. With this new appointments, now the movement of the files will be smoother and decisions will be made faster based on the powers which have been delegated to them.
What does this mean? View of a Indian Army Veteran
Indian Army veteran Lt Col Manoj K Channan, explains, “This is a significant move as the CDS/DMA can now attend to the day to day procurements with the financial powers that have now been formalised. This should lead to significant reduction in the procurement process of equipment and stores needed to battle the ravaging pandemic or the belligerent PLA at the Line of Actual Control (LAC).”
“This would allow decentralisation of the functioning of the appointments at the JS level which of course would be monitored by the additional secretary and the secretary DMA,” Lt Col Channan says.