As armies prep for winter deployment, military commanders of India-China to meet on Oct 26
New Delhi, Oct 19: Even as the armies of India and China prepare for winter deployment along the Line of Actual Control (LAC), the military commanders of both sides will hold talks next week on disengagement.
Sources tell OneIndia that the issue is being dealt with an immense amount of patience.
We do not expect a quick fix, but want a long-lasting solution to the issue. It is important that we keep talking and hence the dialogue channels have been kept open the source also said.
The official also said that the talks will be held on October 26. Besides reviewing the security challenges facing the nation, the Army commanders will attempt to finalise various reform measures recommended by separate internal committees in utilisation of resources while at the same time focusing on enhancing the operational capability of the 1.3-million-strong force, they said.
The conference will be chaired by Chief of Army Staff Gen M M Naravane and all top commanders will attend it, the sources said.
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- J&K, Ladakh integral part of India, China has no locus standi to comment: MEA
- India demands a simultaneous withdrawal at friction points along LAC
- India looking for comprehensive disengagement covering all friction points along LAC
- A test of endurance along LAC as winter expected to take a turn for the worse
Some of the proposals to be on the table at the conference include discontinuing or at least bringing down the scale of the Army Day and Territorial Army Day parades, cutting down on various ceremonial practices, and reducing the number of officers' mess within individual peace stations, the sources said.
Similarly, the top Army brass will also examine a proposal to bring down the number of guards at official residences of senior officials and another one on reducing the number of CSD canteens if several such facilities are operating within one station, they said.
Another proposal on the table for discussion would be to ask various units to cut costs on celebrating Raising Day and Battle Honour Day.
"These proposals have been part of overall reform initiatives in the Army. The proposals are based on several internal studies conducted by separate panels in the last few years to suggest reform in the force," said an official.
"The key idea behind the proposals is to ensure efficient use of scarce resources. The exercise is aimed at ensuring the rational distribution of resources," he said.
A number of other proposals will also be discussed at the commanders' conference under the transformative reforms being implemented to make the force leaner and meaner as well as to enhance its combat capabilities.
Last year, the government approved the first batch of reforms in the Army which include the relocation of 229 officers from the Army headquarters, creation of a new post of deputy chief for military operations, and strategic planning.
The defence ministry has already approved the creation of a new information warfare wing in keeping the needs of the future battlefield, hybrid warfare, and social media reality.
The Army headquarters had instituted four studies with an aim to boost the operational and functional efficiency of the force, optimise budget expenditure, and to facilitate the modernisation process.
The first study on 're-organisation and right-sizing of the Indian Army' was focused on the operational structures to make the force efficient and future-ready by taking into account the operational situation on western and northern borders.
The commanders will also extensively deliberate on the situation in eastern Ladakh, where the armies of India and China have been locked in a military standoff for over five months.
Both sides have held multiple rounds of talks to resolve the row. However, no breakthrough has been achieved so far.
The commanders are also expected to review the overall security scenario in Jammu and Kashmir.