Enhance indigenisation in national security system: PM at Combined Commanders’ conference

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Combined Commanders

New Delhi (NVI): Prime Minister Narendra Modi today stressed the importance of enhancing indigenisation in the national security system while addressing the Combined Commanders Conference at Kevadia, Gujarat.

While addressing the valedictory session, PM said, “Enhancing indigenisation in the national security system, not just in sourcing equipment and weapons but also in the doctrines, procedures, and customs practiced in the armed forces.”

At the conference, the Prime Minister was briefed by the Chief of Defence Staff about the discussions held during the three-day meet, according to a statement issued by Prime Minister’s Office.

PM Modi took to twitter and wrote, “The Combined Commanders’ Conference at Kevadia was a fruitful one. There were extensive deliberations on various strategic subjects. Highlighted the need for making India Aatmanirbhar in the defence sector and reiterated the Government’s support for it.”

During his address, PM Modi expressed his appreciation for the structure and agenda of the Conference. He particularly appreciated the inclusion of Junior Commissioned Officers and Non Commissioned Officers in this year’s Conference, the statement added.

Speaking to the highest civilian and military leadership of the national defence system, he conveyed his strong appreciation for the resolute dedication shown by the Indian Armed Forces over the past year, in the context of the COVID pandemic and the challenging situation on the northern border.

He emphasized the need to optimise manpower planning in both military and civilian parts of the national security architecture.

He also called for a holistic approach, focused on breaking down civil-military silos and on expediting the speed of decision making. He advised the Services to rid themselves of legacy systems and practices that have outlived their utility and relevance.

Taking note of the rapidly changing technological landscape, Prime Minister highlighted the need to develop the Indian military into a ‘future force’.

The Prime Minister pointed out that the country would be celebrating 75 years of its independence next year, and called upon the armed forces to use the occasion to undertake activities and initiatives that would inspire the youth of the country.

The conference, a three-day meeting of the high-ranking officials, began on Thursday, March 4.

Union Defence Minister Rajnath Singh reached Kevadia to attend the conference on Thursday, where he also addressed the situation at the Line of Actual Control (LAC) to Line of Control (LoC).

Among the attendees of the conference is Chief of Defence Staff General Bipin Rawat, Chief of Army Staff General M M Naravane, Chief of Naval Staff Admiral Karambir Singh, Chief of Air Staff Air Chief Marshal R K S Bhadauria, and Defence Secretary Dr Ajay Kumar.