New Delhi: The Lok Sabha successfully passed a bill on Friday aimed at granting enhanced disciplinary and administrative authority to commanders within inter-services organisations, which oversee personnel from the Army, Air force, and Navy under their command. Defence Minister Rajnath Singh stated that the legislation is an important step in the direction of military reforms.
The Defence Minister moved the Inter-Services Organisations (Command, Control, and Discipline) Bill, 2023, for consideration in the House, amidst opposition protests regarding matters related to the Manipur debate.
During his address on the bill, Rajnath Singh underscored its emphasis on fostering collaboration across services and conferring improved disciplinary and administrative prerogatives to commanders within Inter-Services 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.
He elucidated that the bill predominantly serves as an enabling enactment, thereby empowering Heads of Inter-Services Organizations to exercise effective command, control, and discipline over all regular Air Force, Army, and Navy personnel, along with individuals from other forces as notified by the Central Government, who are either serving within or attached to an Inter-services Organization, without amending the respective Acts.