Defence Minister Confers with Combined Commanders

March 5, 2021 Photo(s): By PIB
Defence Minister Rajnath Singh at the Combined Commandersí Conference, at Kevadia, Narmada District of Gujarat on March 05, 2021. The Chief of Defence Staff (CDS), General Bipin Rawat, the Chief of Naval Staff, Admiral Karambir Singh, the Chief of the Air Staff, Air Chief Marshal R.K.S. Bhadauria and the Chief of the Army Staff, General Manoj Mukund Naravane are also seen.

The Defence Minister Rajnath Singh joined the Combined Commanders of the Armed Forces for the Vivechana Sessions at the ongoing Combined Commanders Conference 2021 at Kevadia in Gujarat. Soon after arriving at Kevadia, the Defence Minister visited the Statue of Unity to pay his homage to the Iron Man of India, Sardar Vallabh Bhai Patel.

Delivering the inaugural address, the Defence Minister dwelled on a wide spectrum of issues affecting the defence & security of the Nation. He spoke at length on the emerging nature of military threats, the critical role of the Armed Forces in meeting these threats and the anticipated changes in the nature of warfare in future. Defence Minister expressed his heartfelt appreciation and respect to the selfless courage displayed by the soldiers during the Eastern Ladakh standoff with PLA. Secretaries of Department of Defence, Defence Production, Department of R&D and Financial Advisor Defence Services also shared their thoughts on various relevant aspects with the Combined Commanders.

The two Vivechana sessions held over the day in the presence of the Defence Minister deliberated over a wide range of issues, some of them held behind closed doors. These deliberations addressed the ongoing modernisation of Armed Forces especially focusing on creation of integrated Theatre Commands and infusion of modern technology. Issues like morale & motivation and promotion of spirit of innovation in the Armed Forces witnessed enthusiastic participation with useful feedback and suggestions from the soldiers and younger officers of the three Services.

Defence Minister Rajnath Singh at the Combined Commandersí Conference, at Kevadia, Narmada District of Gujarat on March 05, 2021.
Defence Minister Rajnath Singh in a group photograph with the Tri-service Commanders, at the Combined Commandersí Conference, at Kevadia, Narmada District of Gujarat on March 05, 2021. The Chief of Defence Staff (CDS), General Bipin Rawat, the Chief of the Army Staff, General Manoj Mukund Naravane, the Chief of Naval Staff, Admiral Karambir Singh, the Chief of the Air Staff, Air Chief Marshal R.K.S. Bhadauria, the Defence Secretary, Dr. Ajay Kumar, the Secretary (Defence Production), Shri Raj Kumar and the Secretary, Department of Defence R&D and Chairman, DRDO, Dr. G. Satheesh Reddy are also seen.