As the government sharpens it focus on laying the groundwork for theatre commands in the backdrop of internal resistance, chief of defence staff (CDS) General Bipin Rawat on Tuesday said the new reforms do face some hurdles, but that the three services were in agreement on taking theaterisation forward.
“These hurdles are also necessary as they make us realise that more discussions are required (to iron out the details of the plan). We are taking the theaterisation plan forward with more discussions,” Rawat told India Today TV.
He said the processes for the creation of theatre commands were progressing in line with the prescribed timelines for bringing about jointness among the three services.
The government expects Rawat, who took charge as India’s first CDS on January 1, 2020, to bring about so-called jointness among the three services in a three-year time frame (by January 2023). One of the means to achieve jointness is the setting up of integrated theatre commands for the best use of military resources to fight future battles.
The CDS’s comments came a day after HT reported that while the army and navy were in favour of theatre commands, the air force had issues over division of its air assets, nomenclature of commands, leadership of theatre commands and dilution of powers of the service chiefs.
Rawat said the armed forces , after several rounds of discussions , have done a lot of work on what kind of joint structures should be set up.