Recommendations of Shekatkar Committee (Important) (Download PDF)


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A Committee of Experts (CoE) constituted by Ministry of Defence under the chairmanship of Lt Gen (Retd) DB Shekatkar recommend measures to enhance combat capability and rebalance defence expenditure of the armed forces.

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Recommendations of Shekatkar Committee

The committee submitted its report in December 2016 with around 99 recommendations. So far, Defence Ministry has approved 65 of these recommendations pertaining to Indian Army for implementation. Important recommendations given by the committee are:

  • Increase the retirement age of jawans by two years, which will help the army save a significant amount on pensions and training of personnel (Important).

  • Suggested ‘optimizing’ non-combat support arms in the army such as supply corps, ordnance, and electrical and mechanical engineers who service cars and heavy vehicles.

  • Suggested abolishing military and dairy farms, where several thousand army personnel and a considerable number of officers are involved in mundane tasks like cattle rearing and growing vegetables.

  • Called for downsizing the remount veterinary corps, which looks after horses and mules for ceremonial as well as operations in the higher Himalayan regions of J&K and Arunachal Pradesh.

  • Re-organize the role of certain organisations like the DRDO, DGQA, Defence Estates, Defence Accounts, and Ordnance Factory Board (OFB).

  • Restructure of the National Cadet Corps (NCC) and suggested bringing it under the administrative control of the ministry of human resources than MoD.

  • Optimize use integration of labor and resources by re-deploying ex-servicemen including retired officers and JCOs in various organisations

  • Allocate more funds with latest technology spend.

  • Have a Joint Services War College that runs a one year combined course for all the three forces besides having a tri-service Intelligence training establishment have also been made.

  • Open position of the four-star Chief of Defence Staff (CDS) to be made the chief single-point adviser to the defence minister on military matters.

  • Provide higher budget allocations with increased financial powers for all the three service chiefs.

What was the Purpose of Forming Shekatkar Committee?

  • Enhance combat capability

  • Optimize and rebalance defence expenditure of Indian Army in phased manner by December 2018.

If these recommendations are implemented over the next five years, it can result in savings of up to Rs. 25, 000 crore in defence expenditure.

- Published/Last Modified on: February 7, 2018

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