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Army plans to sharpen lethality

The army’s deployment on mountains bordering China and Pakistan is set to take a muscular new turn.Army chief Gen VK Singh on Friday revealed that the force was being restructured to augment its “offensive capability” to respond to threats in mountains, under an overarching transformation plan.

delhi Updated: Jan 14, 2011 23:45 IST
Rahul Singh

The army’s deployment on mountains bordering China and Pakistan is set to take a muscular new turn.
Army chief Gen VK Singh on Friday revealed that the force was being restructured to augment its “offensive capability” to respond to threats in mountains, under an overarching transformation plan.

Singh said, “The proposed transformation aims to make the army more responsive and agile. We are looking at how the force can become more lethal in delivering the punch we want to deliver. We are also synergising our strike assets.”
He said the army (in its current avatar) had the capability of meeting any threat to the country’s borders.

“How we do it is our problem. Whether it’s a single front or two-front scenario (involving both China and Pakistan), I couldn’t care less,” he said.

VIGILANCE MECHANISM

Reeling under a barrage of scams, the army is weighing the possibility of instituting a vigilance mechanism for internal audits. Singh said, “One of the things we could have done better is to create some sort of a vigilance mechanism. At the moment we do not have this. We are looking at it very seriously.”

On the alleged involvement of former army chief Gen Deepak Kapoor and other senior officers in some scams, Singh said the army had handed over the matter to the defence ministry as it did not have the necessary tools for such an inquiry.

“We do not have the powers to check bank accounts…So we have handed over the matter to the ministry for action,” he said.

RULES OF ENGAGEMENT

As it prepares to open training facilities in naxal-hit Chattisgarh, the the army has asked the government to spell out `rules of engagement’ in case its troops are targeted. Singh said, “What will happen if our troops are fired at and we fire back? How do we legally cover them? The rules of engagement require some clarification.”