Prime Minister Narendra Modi has stressed upon developing the Indian military into a future force. PM, Saturday, lauded the “resolute dedication” displayed by the Indian defence forces in the backdrop of “challenging situations on the northern border as well as pandemic.
Addressing the valedictory session of the Combined Commanders Conference at Kevadia in his home state Gujarat, PM Modi also asked the Indian military to develop as a “future force,” an official statement said.
“Modi stressed on indigenisation of national security system not just in sourcing weapons but also in the doctrines, procedures and customs,” the statement said.
During the conference, the Chief of Defence Staff briefed the prime minister about the discussions. PM Modi expressed his appreciation for the structure and agenda of the conference, the statement said.
“Speaking to the highest civilian and military leadership of the national defence system, the Prime Minister 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,” it said.
‘Indian military to be developed as a future force’
Considering the rapidly changing technological environment, the prime minister highlighted the need to transform Indian military into “future force.”
PM Modi stressed that the manpower should be optimized in both military as well as civilian parts. This is crucial for the overall national security. PM Modi 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, the statement said.
He said the country would be celebrating 75 years of its independence next year, and asked the armed forces to use the occasion to undertake activities and initiatives that would inspire the youth.
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