Defence Minister to address Combined Commanders’ Conference tomorrow

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Combined Commanders' Conference

New Delhi (NVI): Defence Minister Rajnath Singh will address the Combined Commanders’ Conference tomorrow, which is being held at Kevadia in Gujarat this year. The premier three-day brain-storming event of the Military Commanders from the three services began today.

“The three-day conference from 04 to 06 March will have the combined apex level military leadership of the country reviewing the security situation and defence preparedness of the Armed Forces, and deliberating pertinent organisational issues for evolving a joint military vision for the future,” the Defence spokesman said in a statement.

“Raksha Mantri Sh Rajnath Singh will join the military commanders along with the team of Secretary level officers from the Ministry of Defence for deliberations from Day two of the conference,” he added.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi will chair the Valedictory session on the third and final day (March 6) with the National Security Advisor Ajit Doval, according to the Defence spokesman.

In a change this year, jawans (Army soldiers) from Armed forces would also be taking part in the CCC this year. “​In a major change from the past, the scope of the conference this year has been expanded to make it a multi-layered, interactive, informal and informed event with the added participation of about 30 Officers and soldiers of various ranks from the three Services,” the Army spokesman said.

Key events encapsulate series of discussions & deliberations on a range of issues pertinent to the Armed Forces and its role in nation building, with the participation of senior most political and bureaucratic hierarchy in addition to the multi-layered participation of military personnel, he added.

​”It is interesting to note that the CCC in 2014 was held at Delhi. Since then it has been moved out to different venues across the country,” the spokesman informed.

The conference was held on board INS Vikramaditya in 2015 and in 2017 at the Indian Military Academy at Dehradun. The last edition of CCC was held in 2018 over a period of two days at Air Force Station, Jodhpur, he said.

There have been several major developments in the Higher Defence Organisation since including appointment of first ever Chief of Defence Staff and setting up of the Department of Military Affairs (DMA), and several important & multifarious issues affecting modernisation & transformation of the Armed Forces are currently under active consideration/ implementation, according to the statement issued by the Army.