Rajnath Singh, the Defense Minister has approved the first batch of reforms in the Army including the relocation of 206 officers from the Army headquarters and also setting up of a separate vigilance cell and forming an umbrella organization to focus on human rights issues.
The defense ministry said that “The defense minister has approved certain decisions regarding re-organization of Army headquarters.” Total of 206 Army officers are being relocated from the Army headquarters and they will be appointed to different formations and units.
Eight brigadiers, three major generals, nine colonels, and 186 Lt Colonel/Major are included among the officers. Rajnath Singh also approved to set up a separate vigilance cell under the Army Chief with tri-services representation.
The vigilance department currently operates by the help of multiple agencies and there is no single point interface. The ministry said, “An independent vigilance cell will be made functional under Chief of Army Staff (COAS). Accordingly, Additional Director General (vigilance) will be placed directly under the COAS for it.”
There will be Colonel-level officers, one each from Army, Indian Air Force and Navy in the vigilance cell. The umbrella organization for human rights issues will operate under the Vice Chief of Army Staff (VCOAS), said the officials.
“It has been decided to set up a special human rights section headed by ADG (Major General rank officer) directly under the VCOAS,” the ministry said.
“To enhance transparency and ensure the best of investigative expertise is available to the section, a Police officer of SSP/SP rank will be taken on deputation,” it added.