The Army commanders’ conference, chaired by General Manoj Pande, will brainstorm on the current and emerging security and administrative matters to chart the future course for the 12-lakh force. “Discussions pertaining to transformational imperatives for a future ready force, progress on capability development and modernization, framework for enhanced operational effectiveness of Army will take place during the apex-level biannual event,” an officer said.
“Changes being incorporated to promote ‘Atmanirbharta’, implementation of the new human resource management policy and future challenges to progressive military training will also form part of the deliberations,” he added.
Defence minister Rajnath Singh, chief of defence staff Gen Anil Chauhan, IAF and Navy chiefs will interact with the Army commanders. Interestingly, a former top diplomat, as well as a retired R&AW officer, are also slated to talk on “Contemporary India-China relations” and “Technological Challenges for National Security” during the conference.
The continuing 30-month-long military confrontation in eastern Ladakh with China, which has refused to restore the status quo in eastern Ladakh as it existed before the People’s Liberation Army made multiple incursions into Indian territory in April-May 2020, will of course figure high on the agenda.
China has systematically built new military infrastructure like troop bunkers and helipads, gun and missile positions, roads and bridges, and communication and radar sites all along the 3,488-km Line of Actual Control since the stand-off began in eastern Ladakh.
China has so far not shown any inclination to undertake troop disengagement at the much more crucial face-offs at the strategically-located Depsang Plains as well as the Charding Ninglung Nallah (CNN) track junction at Demchok. Overall de-escalation, if it takes place, will involve the two countries moving back their over 50,000 troops each that have been forward deployed with heavy weapon systems along the eastern Ladakh frontier.