Friday, October 31, 2008

Armed forces meet today

New Delhi, Oct. 29: The Indian Army, Navy and Air Force will begin their two-day conference of commanders in the capital at three different venues on Thursday. The three services will organise their conferences separately which will be followed by a unified commanders’ conference on November 1 that is expected to be addressed by Prime Minister Manmohan Singh. In addition, a conclave of former Army chiefs will also take place on November 1 and 2. The Army is expected to discuss operational and logistical issues including shortage of officers, counter-insurgency operations and the recent upgradation of posts in the senior ranks of the three armed forces. Sources said the issue of pay disparities could also be discussed.

The issue is being examined by a three member committee comprising external affairs minister Pranab Mukherjee, the defence minister, Mr A.K. Antony, and the finance minister, Mr P. Chidambaram, which, incidentally, met in the capital on Wednesday. Officially though, no details were made available on the outcome of the meeting.

Mr Antony recently said the government is aware of the needs of the armed forces and would take all steps for their welfare though he declined to speak on specific issues. Meanwhile, the Navy is expected to take up the matter of security of private ports in the country and is believed to be pressing for inclusion of naval personnel in the boards controlling the private ports.
Armed Forces meet
IAF Commanders’ Conference begins
Army Commanders Conference

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