Source : India Today
Impetus to creation of theatre commands as Lok Sabha passes inter services bill
The lower house of Parliament, Lok Sabha, on Friday, passed a Bill to empower commanders of inter-service organisations to exercise disciplinary or administrative control over personnel of the army, air force, and navy serving under their command. Defence Minister Rajnath Singh moved the Inter-Services Organisations (Command, Control and Discipline) Bill, 2023 for passage in Lok Sabha amid opposition protests over their demands related to the Manipur debate.
Stressing its need, Rajnath Singh said the legislation is important for carrying out higher defence structure reforms.
The bill is seen as a step towards integration and jointness among the Armed Forces to face future challenges in integrated approach.
Speaking about the Bill, Rajnath Singh said it promotes jointness and provides better disciplinary and administrative powers for commanders of inter-service organisations.
“I want to assure the House that this bill is an important step in the direction of military reforms. This bill does not include any additional financial implications,” he said.
“Currently, the Armed Forces personnel are governed in accordance with the provisions contained in their specific Service Acts – Army Act 1950, Navy Act 1957 and Air Force Act, 1950. The enactment of the Bill will have various tangible benefits, such as the maintenance of effective discipline in inter-service establishments by the Heads of ISOs, no requirement to revert personnel under disciplinary proceedings to their parent Service units, expeditious disposal of cases of misdemeanour or indiscipline and saving of public money & time by avoiding multiple proceedings,” the Ministry of Defence said. Impetus to creation of theatre commands as Lok Sabha passes inter services bill Impetus to creation of theatre commands as Lok Sabha passes inter services bill Impetus to creation of theatre commands as Lok Sabha passes inter services bill IgMp