There Are No Proposals To Downsize Indian Army, Says Nirmala Sitharaman

A committee recommended series of measures to boost Army’s overall capability, Nirmala Sitharaman said.

New Delhi: 

Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman today said the government was not considering any proposal to downsize the Indian Army.

She, however, said a government-appointed committee had recommended steps to make the Army a lean and powerful machine and Army Chief General Bipin Rawat has been holding deliberations with his top commanders on it.

“There is no such proposal before me to cut troop-level in the Army,” she said in reply to a question during an interactive session at the Indian Women Press Corps (IWPC).

Gen. Bipin Rawat last week held detailed deliberations with top commanders of the force on ways to make the Army “leaner and meaner” which included carrying out an extensive organisational restructuring and downsizing of the force.

There have been indications that the Army may cut over 1,00,000 troops over the next five years as part of restructuring process. The current strength of the force is around 1.3 million personnel.

Following reports of troops cut, the Congress had come down hard on the government.

Ms Sitharaman said a committee under the chairmanship of Lt Gen. (Retd) DB Shekatkar recommended series of measures to boost the Army’s overall capability including enhancing “teeth to tail ratio”, which refers to ratio of fighting units and support services.

During two-day deliberations, the commanders also reviewed the modernisation process of the Army and…

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