Indian Military Duped?
Readers would recall that during the rank-equation chaos days after the 6th CPC, the PMO had ordered the constitution of a High Powered Committee to resolve command & control and status issues vis-à-vis civil officers including those of the CAPFs and the IPS. The PMO had not issued any orders related to the members of the committee.
The HPC has not been formulated or actually constituted till date. Many of us remain eager for its formulation in the hope that the HPC would go on to resolve and restore the lost status and sheen of the forces.
I am personally of the opinion that we should not clamour for the committee.
Why you may ask ?
Because, in consequence to the directions of the PMO, the Finance Minister had issued a note to the MoD asking them to constitute the committee, a look at the members directed by the FM would be interesting :-
The Cabinet Secretary as the Head of the Committee with the Defence Secretary, the Home Secretary, the Secretary (Personnel) and Secretary (Expenditure) as members.
Now what do you expect out of a committee which does not even have one member from the actual stake holders, that is, the Defence Services?
Zilch. Don’t wait for it.
And by the way, what is the locus standi of the FM in directing the composition of the committee? Is it even a subject matter of the Fin Min?
Posted by Navdeep / Maj Navdeep Singh
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