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Monday, 30 June 2014

From Today's Papers - 30 Jun 2014

 Lankan Navy arrests 17 TN fishermen

Rameswaram, June 29
The Sri Lankan Navy today arrested 17 fishermen and seized three boats when they were fishing near Katchatheevu, the police said. The fishermen were taken to Talaimannar from Katchativu.

Fisheries Department officials said though the island nation had released the fishermen arrested earlier, their boats were yet to be released.

The Naval personnel had on June 24 arrested 11 fishermen of Pudukottai district. They were later freed.

The series of arrests of fishermen had led Chief Minister Jayalalithaa to write to Prime Minister Narendra Modi last week, seeking immediate release of the fishermen. Jayalalithaa had also renewed her plea for nullifying the "unconstitutional" Indo-Sri Lankan Agreements of 1974 and 1976 and demanded that steps be taken to restore the traditional rights of Indian fishermen. — PTI
Incursion bids by PLA troops in Ladakh

Leh/New Delhi, June 29
Chinese troops are learnt to have made several attempts to enter Indian waters at Pangong Lake, nestled in the higher reaches of Ladakh, with the latest incident reported on Friday.

Reports reaching government agencies in Delhi said the Army had a face-off in the lake with the Chinese People’s Liberation Army (PLA) on June 27 when they tried to enter the Indian waters.

Udhampur-based Northern Command Army spokesperson Colonel S Goswami, however, declined to comment on the latest incursion attempts. Sources say Chinese troops were intercepted at the Line of Actual Control (LAC) in the lake and sent back after a face-off drill. — PTI
ISIS militants’ extremism threatens world peace
Shyam Bhatia

 New Delhi, June 29
Some 1,000 four-wheel drives made up the heart of the makeshift armoured corps that militants from ISIS (the Islamic state of Iraq and Syria) used to smash their way across the Syrian border before capturing Iraq’s northern capital of Mosul. Who funded the purchase of these four-wheel drives (more than $100 million worth of hardware) is still anybody’s guess – Saudi Arabia and Qatar are the most likely candidates – but this strategic investment has unleashed a chain of events that could change the map of West Asia forever.

ISIS commanders managed to capture Mosul without firing a shot before raiding the premises of the major government bank and helping themselves to the equivalent of $400 million and gold bullion lying in the vaults. This will allow them to repay their backers with interest and still have leftover to fund the next phase of their campaign to create a new state incorporating Syria, Iraq and probably Lebanon.

This new state, if it ever comes into being, will be a monster that tolerates only Sunni Islam, even more extreme than the Wahabi variety practised in Saudi Arabia, while treating with contempt all other religions, including Shia Muslims, not to mention Christians, Hindus, Buddhists and others. The sheer intolerance of orthodox ISIS leaders operating in Syria and Iraq has been evident for weeks. They are responsible for gruesome crucifixions and beheadings, including the beheading of a Catholic priest in Syria that has been confirmed by the Vatican.

The Human Rights Watch has warned that ISIS could face charges of committing crimes against humanity. It has managed to pinpoint areas in Iraq where ISIS has dug trenches to bury the bodies of its victims. Details are now also starting to emerge about just who makes up the ranks of ISIS. A few are indeed ex-members of Saddam Hussain’s Ba’ath Party, but most are a mixture of the Iraqi Al-Qaida and US-supported members of the Syrian opposition. They are the ones who made up the mini army that crossed into Iraq from Syria, driving at break neck speed in their newly purchased four-wheel drives.

Their mysterious leader, Abu Bakr Al Baghdadi, is described as a former Iraqi army officer of the 3rd or 4th rank who spent some years at a US detention facility in Iraq, Camp Bucca where he was subjected to extremely harsh treatment, including water logging, that the US army and CIA have developed at their interrogation centres all over the world.

Portrayed by US counter-terrorism officials as “ruthless, ambitious and opportunistic”, he is also described as “the unquestioned leader of ISIS”, who “relies on a set of trusted lieutenants, but he has empowered local commanders to make decisions and seems to have employed a somewhat decentralised command structure.”

Many are veterans of the Iraqi Al-Qaida movement, others belonged to the Syrian Islamic opposition, the Al Nusra Front, that at one time enjoyed US military and financial support. Some are former members of Saddam Hussain’s Al Ba’ath Party. Baghdadi is also a master of propaganda and almost certain to have approved the inhuman video that is currently circulating on satellite telephones. It shows a blindfolded man dressed in white and kneeling on the ground somewhere along the Iraq/Syria border. A masked man dressed in black grabs him from behind. A few seconds later while slitting the victim’s throat he holds up the severed head, shouting ‘Allahu Akbar’ (God is great).

Such punishments, similar to the ones meted out by the Taliban, will become routine if ISIS succeeds in carving out their new mini-state in Syria and Iraq. This alone is a sufficient reason to block their attempts at nation building.

But there is another reason why world leaders need to do their best to build a global coalition against Abu Bakr and his close associates. Their commitment to the cause of Sunni Islam means they have a fanatical hatred of everything associated with Shia Muslims who make up the majority of populations in Iran, Iraq and some smaller Gulf states like Bahrein.

New extremist group emerges

    ISIS militants’ aim is to create a new state incorporating Syria, Iraq and probably Lebanon that tolerates only Sunni Islam and treat with contempt all other religions
    Their commitment to the cause of Sunni Islam means they have a fanatical hatred of everything associated with Shia Muslims who make up the majority of populations in Iran, Iraq and Gulf states
    Concerned by reports of killings, the Human Rights Watch pinpointed areas in Iraq where ISIS has dug trenches to bury the bodies
DRDO develops armoured vehicles for troops
Vijay Mohan
Tribune News Service
 Chandigarh, June 29
The Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) has developed a set of mini-armoured vehicles to protect troops from small arms fire and bomb blasts during anti-terrorist operations. These vehicles, which include a tracked version, a four-wheeler and a three-wheeler version, are designed for use in confined spaces, built-up areas, narrow streets and even corridors inside buildings.

The need for compact and highly manoeuvrable armoured shields that could provide adequate protection to 2-3 man teams was projected following the 26/11 Mumbai attack. Thereafter, the DRDO had taken up the project with the Ministry of Home Affairs.

During the 26/11 operations in 2008, terrorists had engaged in prolonged gun battles with the security forces in buildings and built-up areas in Mumbai. Concerns have been expressed in the past over inadequate personal protection for troops deployed on such missions. The vehicles developed by the DRDO are basically mobile cabins made out of toughened materials with bullet proof windows for visibility that weigh about three tonnes each and can carry three fully equipped combatants. While providing all round protection from bullets and hand grenade blasts, these also have firing ports for retaliatory fire.

They are electrically powered and are stated to have a low-turning radius and can manoeuvre around within a limited space and can be used in areas or terrain where normal vehicles would find the going difficult. However, given their weight, their employability would remain restricted to ground floors in buildings.

The DRDO claims that the tracked version of the vehicle has also undergone a successful grenade trial at the Terminal Ballistics Research Laboratory, Chandigarh.
India's Rafale Fighter Jet Deal in Final Lap, Awaits Government's Nod
The Indian Air Force or IAF may lose its traditional conventional edge against Pakistan if the contract to buy 126 Rafale medium multi-role combat aircraft or MMRCA is not clinched immediately, senior IAF officials told Defence Minister Arun Jaitley at an extensive briefing recently. (Defence Minister Briefed on Indian Air Force's Operational Preparedness)

French aerospace major Dassault Aviation had won the contract to supply the fighter jets to the IAF in 2012.

The Air Force, which ideally requires 44 squadrons but can manage with 39, currently only has 32 squadrons; 12 of them of the near-obsolete MiG-21s.

Mr Jaitley had only one query: what is the cost of the contract?

The IAF's answer -- Rs. 100,000 crore spread over 10 years -- immediately evoked a positive reaction from Mr Jaitley, sources in the Ministry of Defence told NDTV. (Dassault Hopes to Sign Rafale India Deal This Year)

The enthused IAF brass now says that if the government gives the final clearance, the massive, and in many ways the first-of-its-kind contract, may be clinched in the next six months.

Three sub-sets of the complicated deal have been completed, say sources. The committees that were in charge of Offsets, Maintenance, Transfer of Technology have concluded their work; it took them over two years to prepare documents running into thousands of pages. These include details of work share between Dassault and India's Hindustan Aeronautics Ltd or HAL, liabilities and costs to maintain and run the 126 jets. (A big step in India's Rafale jet deal with France)

Over 41 articles in the defence procurement procedure or DPP have been taken on board while arriving at the final documentation. HAL has been designated the lead domestic production agency. 18 of the 126 jets will be produced in France and the remaining 108 will be manufactured at the production unit in India. (Depleted fighter fleet is worrisome, says Air Chief)

But the committee responsible for costs and contract is yet to finalise its report. Once the deal officially receives clearance, this part of the contract may be ready for signing in less than two months, say sources. (France sees first Rafale jet deliveries to India by 2016)

Meanwhile, many of Rafale's competitors are lobbying hard against the contract and running down the fighter aircraft over various counts, including 'prohibitive' costs.

But the IAF top brass is clear that the process to buy the MMRCA is irreversible, notwithstanding a view that the IAF must induct the HAL-made Light Combat Aircraft (LCA) Tejas instead of buying the expensive Rafale.

IAF officials point out that the Tejas is yet to receive final operational clearance despite the home-grown fighter aircraft being in the making for over 30 years. As per revised timelines, the first full Tejas squadron in the Initial Operational Clearance configuration will be in place only by 2016-2017.

"We have been hand-holding the LCA for a long time and will continue to support it. But it is not a replacement for a medium, multirole fighter aircraft. Its reach is barely 200 km while we need an aircraft with a reach of at least 1000-km if we have to pose any challenge in the Tibet Autonomous Region, where India expects a major threat to its air combat power in case of a conflict with China," said a top IAF officer.

Meanwhile, the Rafale deal is likely to be on top of the agenda during French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius's two-day visit to India, which starts today.

The question now is whether prime minister Narendra Modi and defence minister Arun Jaitley will also treat the deal as a matter of top priority.
Indian Army chief to visit China from Wednesday
BEIJING: Army chief General Bikram Singh will be in China on a rare visit on Wednesday during which he will hold talks with top brass of the Chinese military, foreign ministry officials besides addressing the Chinese military academy.

General Singh will be the second Army chief to visit China from July 2-5. His visit is taking place after a nine year gap. Former Army chief Gen NC Vij had visited China in 2005.

General Singh, also chair of the committee of chiefs of staff of the Indian armed forces, will hold talks with General Fan Changlong, the vice-chairman of China's Military Commission, officials said today.

The commission which is the highest military body in China is headed by Chinese President Xi Jinping.

General Fan oversees the operations of army, navy and the air force.

General Singh's talks are expected to be focused on firming up ties between the two militaries at the level of headquarters, command levels as well as at the ground level along the disputed boundary.
His visit comes amid recurring incursions by Chinese troops along the 4,000 km Line of Actual Control (LAC) to assert China's claim in the areas.

To deal with tensions arising out of the incursions by both sides, India and China signed the Border Defence Cooperation Agreement (BDCA) last year.

His visit is aimed at implementing a number of steps incorporated in BDCA on the ground, officials said.

Singh will also meet top officials of Chinese foreign ministry and address PLA Academy, a rare honour for an Indian General.

His talks with Chinese officials would cover bilateral ties, regional security and other issues of common concern, spokesman of the Chinese defence ministry Yang Yujun told Chinese media during a briefing here.

As 2014 is the Year of Friendly Exchanges between China and India, the two defence ministries and armed forces will hold a series of exchange activities, Yang said.
When Army Headquarters Recommended Cancelling 1972 Republic Day Parade
The Army headquarters had recommended that the Republic Day parade in 1972 be cancelled but the then Prime Minister Indira Gandhi wanted the pageant to happen to celebrate Indian Army's stupendous victory in the 1971 War against Pakistan.

This and several other anecdotes find mention in a new book "Field Marshal Sam Manekshaw: The Man and His Times" on the charismatic military leader, fondly called Sam, written by his long-serving aide Brigadier (Retd) Behram Panthaki and his wife Zenobia.

After the victory in the 1971 war, the country was euphoric.

"The Indian Army had vindicated itself and the demons of the 1962 Chinese debacle had been exorcised. With units still in forward location, Army headquarters recommended that the Republic Day parade be cancelled, but the then Prime Minister Indira Gandhi wanted the pageant. There was a victory to celebrate there were tributes to pay," the book says.

The Amar Jawan Jyoti was erected at short notice by the CPWD under the canopy of India Gate.

"On January 26, 1972, before the commencement of the parade, Gandhi drove down Rajpath in an open jeep, followed by the three service chiefs, to pay homage to the fallen. A
scaled-down version of the parade followed. Contingents marched down Rajpath in battle fatigues rather than ceremonial uniforms," the Panthakis write.

The authors also say that Ms Gandhi was seriously considering appointing Manekshaw Chief of Defence Staff on Republic Day in 1972 but the move was opposed by Congress politicians led by Defence Minister Jagjivam Ram and by Air Chief Marshall PC Lal.

"The proposal was dropped and still eludes the services today, 42 years later," they say.

The book, published by Niyogi, is an anecdotal account of Manekshaw who changed the map of the subcontinent. Replete with photographs, citations,notes and personal correspondence,
it highlights his character, sense of humour, moral and professional courage, honesty, humility and respect for men in uniform.

Saturday, 28 June 2014

From Today's Papers - 28 Jun 2014

 New building to house tri-services command
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, June 27
A new building that will house tri-services’ military headquarters will come up in the national capital.

Defence Minister Arun Jaitley laid the foundation stone of the building this morning in the Delhi Cantonment. Army Chief General Bikram Singh said: “When we prepare the blueprint of the building, we will keep in mind that we develop a capability where we can direct future wars from this building”. He said the building would be of no use if it does not have a facility where the three services chiefs could sit together in a basement during the times of a war.

The tri-services Integrated Defence Staff (IDS) was set up on the basis of recommendations of a high-level Kargil review committee formed in the aftermath of the 1999 Kargil war with Pakistan. A Lieutenant General rank heads the organisation.

Speaking on the occasion, Jaitley said the government would provide support for the construction of the building.
VVIP copter deal: CBI quizzes West Bengal Governor
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, June 27
The CBI today questioned West Bengal Governor MK Narayanan as a ‘witness’ in connection with its probe into allegations of bribery in the Rs 3,600-crore VVIP chopper deal with Anglo-Italian firm AgustaWestland.

This is for the first time a serving Governor has been questioned by the CBI. Sources in the CBI said a team of the CBI recorded the statement of 80-year-old MK Narayanan at Raj Bhawan in Kolkata. He answered questions relating to March 1, 2005, meeting in which a decision was taken to reduce the ‘service ceiling’ (or the altitude at which a helicopter can fly) from 6,000 metres to 4,500 metres.

He and Goa governor BV Wanchoo had participated in the meeting in 2005 that allowed key changes in the technical specification of the chopper.

Sources said during questioning, Narayanan, who was the former National Security Adviser, explained the rationale behind the decision. Naraynan was appointed Governor of West Bengal in 2010.

Sources said Wanchoo, who was the chief of the Special Protection Group (SPG) guarding the Prime Minister before he was appointed the Governor, might also be questioned as a witness.

The UPA government had rejected the CBI’s plea to quiz Narayanan and Wanchoo prompting the agency to send a request to President Pranab Mukherjee. The Law Ministry had declined permission saying the two were in constitutional posts which gave them immunity from prosecution under Article 361 of the Constitution.
70 years after defeating Japan, India forgets Imphal
Seventy years is a long time to forget people, events, the past. In India, it doesn't take that long. Even heroes are forgotten here in a matter of months, or a few years. In such a scenario, it's not surprising that nobody has remembered the 70th anniversaries of the twin battles of Imphal and Kohima. There have been no newspaper ads, no radio jingles, no special programme on TV, absolutely no mention of the battle or its veterans anywhere, save a few stray news reports. But that doesn't mean that the rest of the world is suffering from the same amnesia.

On Saturday, representatives from Britain, the United States, Australia and Japan, apart from an ever-shrinking group of veterans, would be part of a closing ceremony in Imphal of a three-month-long programme remembering those brave souls who had died fighting in two of the fiercest and most horrific battles mankind has ever known. There will be representatives of the Indian Army, too, who will quietly hope that someday their government would fully embrace these two battles as Indian, and acknowledge the role of the 2.5 million (25 lakh) soldiers who fought by the Allies' side in the Second World War. Independent India has never shown any care or concern about the war veterans, as they are a living memory of India's colonial past—men who fought a "foreign war" for a foreign government.

Yet the truth is the battles of Kohima and Imphal, in fact the whole of the Burma Campaign, was the swansong of the old Indian Army. It was for the first time that the Indian Army fought a foreign invader on Indian soil—a subtle transition for a force that for centuries had been an imperial strategic reserve, an instrument of colonial expansion and retention of the British Empire. And it was the first time that the seemingly invincible armies of the Empire of Japan were decisively beaten by the same Indian soldiers whom the Japanese perceived as lesser men.

"The two world wars showed the fighting quality of the Indian soldier to the world. Victory in the Second World War has been, by far, our biggest military achievement, yet nobody in India talks about it. It's such a sad state of affairs that the country that sent the largest voluntary army in history to fight that war has forgotten the sacrifices of the millions of men and women. We expect the Narendra Modi government to do something about it. Of course, we are late, but better late than never," said Lieutenant Colonel (retd) Anil Bhat, the former spokesperson of the defence ministry and Indian Army.
The two battles resulted out of the 1944 U-Go Offensive of the Japanese 15th Army under Lieutenant General Renya Mutaguchi. The plan was to conquer India and use it as a launchpad of future Japanese military campaigns. Imphal, which was heavily invested by the 15th and 33rd divisions of the Japanese 15th Army, was defended by the IV Corps of the British Fourteenth Army, comprising the 17th, 20th and 23rd Indian Infantry Divisions, including the 50th Indian Parachute Brigade.

Kohima, on the other hand, was defended by just 1,500 men of the 1st Assam Regiment, Assam Rifles, and 4th Queen's Own Royal West Kent Regiment. But they held off 15,000 invading Japanese for two weeks until they were relieved by the 161st Indian Infantry Brigade, a vital component of the battle-hardened 5th Indian Division.

Incidentally, in Imphal, the Japanese were assisted by the Indian National Army, which had another objective apart from fighting: to try and make soldiers of the Indian Army defect. This strategy, of course, didn't work. There were a few desertions, no doubt, but for every Indian Army soldier who switched his loyalty, 68 remained loyal.

On July 3, 1944, the Japanese decided to retreat to Burma, but the retreat became a rout. Thousands of sick and wounded Japanese soldiers died by the wayside and were never cremated. London-based Japanese filmmaker, Junichi Kajioka, has made a film on this, named Imphal 1944. It will be screened in Imphal at the closing ceremony on Saturday.

"Many Japanese still come to Manipur every year in search of the bones of their family members who lost their lives in this war. The battles of Imphal and Kohima are not forgotten by people, and a lot of unburied souls are still sleeping in Northeast India and the border of Myanmar. I believe they are still being taken care of by the people here. My film aims to be a symbol of peace between Britain, Japan and Manipur. The film offers the world an important message of friendship between old enemies," Kajioka told this correspondent.

Incidentally, June 28 will also be the 100th anniversary of the assassination of Archduke Franz Ferdinand of the erstwhile Austro-Hungarian Empire in Sarajevo, an event that triggered the First World War where 1.3 million Indian soldiers participated. But that's another story for another time.
Pakistan violates ceasefire again, fires at forward Indian posts

In yet another incident of ceasefire violation, Pakistani troops resorted to unprovoked firing at forward Indian positions in Balakite sector in Poonch district during wee hours of Friday.

Defence Ministry spokesman Lt Colobel Maneesh Mehta said that the Pakistani troops resorted to firing from small arms and automatic weapons around 12.35 am, and the firing continued till 1.30 am.

The Indian Army also retaliated. However, there was no casualty or damage on the Indian side.

In the last one month, there has been spurt in incidents of ceasefire violations from Pakistan. Sources attribute it to desperate attempts by Pakistani troops to push in armed terrorists from their side into the state.
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Bottlenecks Clog Army's Bid to Procure M777 Howitzers

NEW DELHI: The Army’s bid to buy 145 ultra light howitzers, to provide fire power to troops posted along the borders with China, is getting more difficult by the day, as India is undecided on its plans to get the BAE Systems’ M777 guns directly from the US.

The Centre has not had any formal communication with the US Government or the British guns manufacturer since September 2013, when the BAE Systems last gave its offsets proposals worth $200 million (approximately `1,000 crore) to be invested back in India, if the deal goes through.

The September proposal was the last of the eight reiterations of the offsets offers from BAE Systems for a deal which was likely to cost a maximum of $647 million in a deal through the US’ Foreign Military Sales (FMS) route.

The company has also signed MoUs for offsets with around 40 Indian partners, both private and public sector, half of which are medium and small enterprises.

However, since Narendra Modi Government has taken over in May this year, hope floats for both the Army and  BAE Systems, for the M777 deal going through. But a likely cost escalation, and further delays in delivery schedule of the guns, pose further difficulty, according to sources. “We are at a new juncture with this new Indian Government. There is great optimism that this government will review its defence requirements, part of which will be M777. We stand ready to engage alongside the US Government, expeditiously. We are very positive of the outcome,” BAE Systems’ India vice president Mark Simpkins told ‘Express’ in an exclusive interaction here.

“It has been a very long road for the M777 in India since the first tender in 2006, and later, the letter of request to the US Government from India. Since October 2013, when the US offer costing $647 million expired, there has been no formal, direct engagement with the Indian government,” he said to a specific query.

As the US’ Congressional Notification of the likely sales of M777 to India expired last October, a second notification was initiated in early 2013 by the US government for the deal. It quoted $885 million as the fresh ceiling price for the guns for the Indian Army.

“This fresh price - though not specific to India - is only an estimated ceiling cost for the 145 howitzers valid for five years,” according to industry sources.

For a better idea of how much the 145 guns would cost, all that India may have to do is to ask the US to “restate” the price afresh.

However, there are other issues that need to be tackled. The BAE Systems, with no orders coming from India since October 2013, has already suspended production of the M777 guns at its facility in Barrow-in-Furness, where the components are designed and 30 per cent of the system are fabricated.

The BAE Systems also notified and shifted out 50 per cent of its work force from the Barrow facility to its submarine production facility within the UK, following the work suspension at Barrow.

“If orders for the guns had come in October 2013, the supply of M777 to India would have started this year. It gets more difficult now, as the BAE Systems has to re-qualify all components from manufacturers. It has to go through a long validation process for the quality of the components to be supplied, before production can begin. That takes time, and it is difficult to specify how long it would take. Hence, specifying a delivery schedule too becomes difficult,” said an industry source.

On the offsets proposals that were taken up by the Defence Acquisition Council in its last meeting in the UPA regime, but left undecided, Simpkins said: “In line with the Defence Procurement Procedure Offset Policy, the latest package of over $200 million was submitted in the third quarter last year. It was developed over several iterations incorporating input from the government at every stage.”

The conclusion of the M777 deal between India and the US, would enable the BAE Systems to make a significant long-term investment in the domestic industrial complex and develop an Indian supply chain for its air, land and sea programmes, both locally and globally.

“Since the extended offer expired mid-October last year, we are standing ready to discuss and progress this,” Simpkins added.
JAMMU: A jawan was found dead at an Army camp in Akhnoor belt of Jammu district, a defence spokesman said on Thursday.

Pathan Mohmmad Sharief was found dead in Unit Lines in 18 Cavalry of 10th Division of Army yesterday (Wednesday), the spokesman said.

Army has ordered a court of inquiry (CoI) into the incident, the spokesman said.
Defence Minister lays foundation stone for HQ IDS Building

New Delhi, June 27 (IBNS) Indian Defence Minister Arun Jaitley on Friday unveiled the foundation stone for HQ Integrated Defence Staff (IDS) Building Complex at Mehramnagar in Delhi Cantt here.

Speaking on this occasion, Jaitley said,"Since its inception, Headquarter Integrated Defence Staff has played a pivotal role in building synergy and consensus through intra-service deliberations and ensuring optimisation of resources through rightful prioritisation for procurements, joint doctrines, joint training and common procedures."

He commended the Armed Forces for their devotion to duty and stellar role played by them in safeguarding our country’s unity and diversity.

He said that in future almost all operations, be the inland or overseas, invariably going to be Tri-Service operations.

"Developing synergy between the services to achieve optimum force application therefore attains utmost importance," he remarked.

Chief of Army Staff General Bikram Singh, in his welcome address briefly dwelt upon the history and origin of the IDS set up.

He said, based on the Kargil Review Committee Report and subsequent recommendation of the Group of Ministers, the Integrated Defence Staff was set up by the Government of India in October 2001.

He said that the aim of forming Integrated Defence Staff was to provide a secretariat to the Chairman COSC (Chief of Defence Staff / Permanent Chairman Chief of Staff when appointed), facilitate constitution of Defence Crisis Management Group (DCMG), coordination of financial and budgetary proposals for the three services and presenting coordinated set of proposals to the Defence Minister.

"It is also chartered to coordinate and analyse critical deficiencies in force capabilities and render periodic reports to Defence Minister on the need for structural and organizational changes taking note of alterations in the nature of threats," he added.

The proposed multi-storied IDS building complex situated near NSG HQ in Mehramnagar, Delhi Cantt. will come up over an area of 10.57 acres of land.

The complex will consist of Office Building, Officers Mess Complex, Signal Intelligence (SI) Directorate, Centre for Joint Warfare Studies (CENJOWS), HQ IDS Camp and Sports Complex.

The ultra-modern green complex will have many novel features, which include Library cum reading room, Information Technology and communication rooms, Special Section on International Defence Cooperation/Dte of Net Assessment, Meditation room/training cum motivation hall and Security posts with all latest equipment including vehicle scanners and IRIS scan etc.

Among others the function was attended by Chief of Naval Staff Admiral R K Dhowan, Chief of Air Staff, Air Chief Marshal Arup Raha, Defence Secretary RK Mathur and CISC Lt Gen Anil Chait.


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