Unified Commanders' conference from today
Naxal menace, prevailing security scenario in Jammu and Kashmir and upgradation of infrastructure along the border with China are some of the issues likely to be discussed during the two-day Unified Commanders' conference from Friday.delhi Updated: Apr 16, 2010 10:24 IST
Naxal menace, prevailing security scenario in Jammu and Kashmir and upgradation of infrastructure along the border with China are some of the issues likely to be discussed during the two-day Unified Commanders' conference from Friday.
The conference, to be inaugurated by Defence Minister A K Antony, is likely to discuss insurgency challenges besides the conventional threats from China and Pakistan, Defence Ministry sources said.
The issue of involving armed forces in tackling Naxal menace and impact of the Maoists' movement on the national security are likely to be deliberated by the tri-service commanders, they said.
After the Dantewada massacre, where Maoists killed 76 security personnel, there were demands from various quarters to involve armed forces and use air power in anti-Naxal operations.
The armed forces have already expressed reservations on involving them in the operations against the Left-wing extremists.
Upgradation of military infrastructure in the Northeast to tackle the Chinese threat is also expected to come up for discussion, they said.
India is building strategic roads, deploying major frontline combat aircraft such as Su-30MKI and raising new Mountain Divisions as part of efforts to match the Chinese build up along its boundary.
Prevailing security scenario in Jammu and Kashmir and infiltration from across the border into the state are also among the topics to be touched upon, the sources said.
Besides, the senior Commanders will focus on increasing their preparedness and extending jointness among the armed forces during the conference, they said.
Key achievements of the Headquarters Integrated Defence Staff (HQ IDS) and the issues before it will be discussed.
Chairman, Chiefs of Staff Committee, Air Chief Marshal P V Naik, Army Chief General V K Singh and Navy Chief Admiral Nirmal Verma will be among those addressing the conference, the overall theme of which is 'Victory through Jointness'.
Heads of various tri-Services training institutions such as Andaman and Nicobar Islands Command, Defence Services Staff College and National Defence Academy along with various senior military officials would also take part in it.