Transform Indian military into a 'future force': PM Modi

By Editor 08-Mar-2021

Prime Minister Narendra Modi stressed the importance of enhancing indigenisation in the national security system, not just in sourcing equipment and weapons but also in the doctrines, procedures and customs in the armed forces. Addressing the valedictory session of the Combined Commanders Conference organised by the Ministry of Defence at Kevadia, Gujarat, Prime Minister highlighted the need to develop the Indian military into a 'future force'.

Speaking to the highest civilian and military leadership of the National defence system, Modi 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. 

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. 

Prime Minister was briefed by the Chief of Defence Staff about the discussions during this year's Conference. Modi expressed his appreciation for the structure and agenda of the Conference. He appreciated the inclusion of Junior Commissioned Officers and Non-Commissioned Officers in this year's Conference.