New Delhi: A major overhaul is planned at the Indian Army Head Quarters (AHQ) after Defence Minister, Rajnath Singh, approved the decision for the restructuring. This is considered as the biggest transformation since independence.
The restructuring measures are part of four studies undertaken by the Army.
One of them measures include setting up a Vigilance Cell under the Chief of Army Staff (COAS) with representations from the three services. Currently, the vigilance functions through multiple agencies. To overcome this issue, the restructuring calls for a single and independent Vigilance Cell under the COAS. It will consist of three Colonel level officers, each from the three services.
The other major restructuring measure is the Human Rights section, which will be an umbrella organization under Vice Chief of Army Staff (VCOAS). The move will give priority to human rights and values. Any human rights violation by the Army will be examined by it.
The restructuring also plans to transfer 206 Army officers from AHQ to the field formations and units. This will help trim the officer strength of the AHQ.