NEW DELHI:- In a major move, Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman has approved the first batch of reforms in the Army which include relocation of 229 officers from the Army headquarters, creation of a new post of Deputy Chief for Military Operations and Strategic Planning, and setting up new wings for vigilance and human rights issues, official sources said Thursday.
Finalised after 12 independent studies, the reforms are intended to make the 1.3 million-strong force leaner and meaner.
The sources said the number of officers being moved out was 20% of the number of officers in the Army headquarters in the national capital, and they would be deployed in forward locations along the borders with China and Pakistan.
They said the post of Deputy Chief of the Army Staff, Strategy, is being created to deal with military operations, intelligence, strategic planning and operational logistics.
The reforms will also include restructuring the Armys officer cadre, bringing down age of key commands, arresting rising revenue expenditure and rightsizing the force.