Command based sessions to be held at Army Commanders’ Conference

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New Delhi, Oct 6 (IANS) The Army Commanders’ Conference, set to be held here next week, will for the first time have command-based sessions in which each army commander will be given separate time slots to make presentations related to issues in their areas.

The upcoming conference, which is set to be the first to be addressed by Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman, and also the first after the stand-off with China in the Sikkim sector, and amid continuing tension at both northern and western borders.

About the conference, Director General, Staff Duties Lt. Gen. Vijay Singh said the week-long event would see top Army commanders discussing “current and emerging perspectives on issues related to operations, logistics, administration, human resource management and welfare of troops”.

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“This time there is a change in the conduct of the conference wherein each Army Command will put forth their view points and concerns on various issues which have a bearing on the field formations and Indian Army as a whole,” he said.

The Indian Army is divided in seven commands – Northern Command, Western Command, Central Command, Eastern Command, Southern Command, Southwestern Command and Training Command.

There will also be interaction between officials from the Defence Ministry and Army Commanders on “outstanding issues”.

It would also be the first time Defence Secretary Sanjay Mitra will attend the Army Commanders’ Conference in this capacity.

Lt. Gen. Singh added that discussions will also be held on office cadre related management issues, Special Selection Board for promotion to the rank of Lt General and nomination of officers for the National Defence College courses and Advanced Professional Program in Public Administration courses.

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