Recommendations of D. B. Shekatkar Committee (Important) (Download PDF)


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Union Defence Ministry approved most of proposals of committee of experts, headed by Lt. Gen. D. B. Shekatkar (Retd. ) to bring host of reforms in military & improve financial management.

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  • Around 90 recommendations of committee were approved. Most of these recommendations are measures to increase coordination among 3 Services & cut down flab in Army to make it lean & agile.

Recommendations of D. B. Shekatkar Committee

  • Capital expenditure:

    • Roll-on defence budget must have enough capital expenditure available for modernization.

    • It must be against present practice of surrendering unspent capital budget at end of each financial year.

  • Performance audit:

    • It must be conducted of non-combat organisations under Defence Ministry.

    • It must include those dealing w/defence estates & accounts, Director- General of Quality Assurance, Ordnance Factory Board (OFB), Defence Research & Development Organisation (DRDO) & National Cadet Corps (NCC).

  • Downsizing or rationalisation of manpower:

    It will lead to significant savings.

  • Joint services war college:

    It must be established for training middle-level officers.

  • Reduce deployment of active-duty soldiers in avoidable postings:

    They will be replaced by retired officers & jawans in running of NCC.

  • Comprehensive reforms in the running of NCC:

    Transfer of NCC out of Defence Ministry to HRD Ministry: NCC can be run by re-employed or on-contract ex-service personnel.

Implications of D. B. Shekatkar Committee Recommendations

  • If recommendations of committee are implemented over next 5 years, govt. can save up to Rs. 25,000 cr. from current defence expenditure.

- Published/Last Modified on: October 1, 2018

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