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Jan 17, 2020, 06.36 PM IST



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  • The Army showcased its military might and some of its state-of-the-art assets at the majestic Army Day parade on Wednesday. Army Chief Gen M M Naravane, Air Chief Marshal RKS Bhadauria, Navy Chief Admiral Karambir Singh and Chief of Defence Staff Gen Bipin Rawat are present on the occasion.

    ​Army Day is celebrated on January 15 every year in India as it is on this historic day that General KM Cariappa became the first Indian to take charge of the Indian Army in 1949. The Army Day parade is typically held at Parade Ground, ​​Delhi Cantonment, where this year General Manoj Mukund Naravane, Chief of Army Staff, will inspect the parade.

    "Your welfare is the priority for our government," he said. "When I was home minister, I did for them whatever I could," he said, in an apparent reference to those who retire from paramilitary forces. He added that he was keen on doing the same now for the defence forces.

    "Under the newly-created Department of Military Affairs headed by Chief of Defence Staff Gen Bipin Rawat, there will be two Joint Secretaries, 13 Deputy Secretaries and 22 Under Secretaries," the sources said. Thus, the department will have a total of 37 secretaries.

    The armed forces have a "zero tolerance against terrorism", Army chief Gen M M Naravane said in his address at the 72nd Army Day function in the Cariappa Parade Ground here. "We have many options to counter those who promote terrorism and we will not hesitate to use them," he said.

    “The armed forces give allegiance to the Constitution of India. In fact be it a jawan or an officer, we take an oath.That is what should guide us in all our actions and at all times. This translates into the core values that define the preamble to the constitution- justice, liberty, equality and fraternity, the Army Chief General Naravane said."

    Even though the government has amended its rules of business to define specific responsibilities of the Defence Secretary and CDS, there is considerable discussion within the ministry on the level of seniority of bureaucrats who will report to CDS, General Bipin Rawat.

    "Six Army Apache attack choppers would be given to an Army unit on the western borders from where there is a greater threat from armoured columns," Naravane told media persons in the national capital. General Naravane took over as the 28th Chief of the Army Staff on December 30, succeeding General Bipin Rawat who has become India's first Chief of Defence Staff.

    Till now air defence command is distributed between all the three services. General Rawat's first priority is to set up an Air Defence Command to secure India from any aerial attack. Indian Air Force plays a major role in air defence but the Indian Army does have its own area air defence system and Indian Navy has a most advanced complex and dynamic air defence system.

    The three-day event, co-hosted by the Ministry of External Affairs, Government of India, and Observer Research Foundation, will also see the participation of many deputy foreign ministers, former Prime Ministers, former Presidents, national security advisors, military chiefs and other high level policy-makers, scholars and officials.

    Bipin Rawat said the Indian armed forces had always stayed away from politics and worked according to the government’s directives, amid allegations that the military was being politicised. The new CDS was addressing the media after inspecting a tri-services guard of honour, where the three service chiefs were also present.

    Any files related to defence policy issues would still have to pass through the Defence Secretary.

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