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Defence Minister approves major proposals for re-organisation of Army Headquarters

The Defence Ministry approved the decision to set up a special Human Rights Section directly under the Vice Chief of the Army Staff.

Union Defence Minister Rajnath Singh approved major proposals regarding re-organisation of Army Headquarters on August 21, 2019.  The approval was given on the basis of a detailed internal study, which was conducted by the Army Headquarters.

Following are the proposals: 

1.  Setting up of a separate vigilance cell under  Chief of the Army Staff (COAS) with tri-services representation – Currently, the vigilance function is conducted for the  Chief of the Army Staff through multiple agencies and there is no single point interface.  The independent vigilance cell will be set up under the Chief of the Army Staff and ADG (Vigilance) will be placed directly under the COAS for this purpose. The composition of the vigilance cell will include three Colonel-level officers, one each from the Indian Army, Indian Air Force and Indian Navy.

2. Establishment of an umbrella organisation under Vice Chief of the Army Staff (VCOAS) for enhanced focus on human rights issues – The Defence Ministry approved the decision to set up a special Human Rights Section headed by ADG (Maj. Gen rank officer) directly under the VCOAS, in order to give high priority to observance of human rights convention and values. The special Human Rights section will be the nodal point to examine any human right violation reports.  Further, to ensure that best of investigative expertise is available to the section and enhance transparency, a Police officer of SSP/SP rank will be taken on deputation.

3. Re-location of 206 Army Officers from army headquarters to formations/units of the field army – The Defence Ministry has  approved the decision to re-locate of 206 army officers from the Army Headquarters and make them available additionally to the formations/units of the Field Army.

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