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Stung with the sustained attack in Parliament over the slow pace of modernisation,the Defence Ministry opened up and revealed details of a series of meetings that have taken place in this connection in the last fortnight

Stung with the sustained attack in Parliament over the slow pace of modernisation,the Defence Ministry opened up on Tuesday and revealed details of a series of meetings that have taken place in this connection in the last fortnight.

The meetings took place after Army Chief General V K Singh raised the matter of degrading capabilities of the Army.

In the latest meeting on Tuesday,the ministry set up three new committees to accelerate procurements and border infrastructure projects and decided to ask the Planning Commission to sanction 14 new strategic railway lines that will bolster defence along the Sino-Indian border. These include a line each to Ladakh and the Tawang plateau.

The meeting was chaired by Defence Minister A K Antony and attended by senior Army officers,including Gen Singh. An empowered committee has been set up under the defence secretary to expedite infrastructure development in the Northern region that has borders with both China and Pakistan.

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A new proposal has also been prepared to expand the Military Engineering Services (MES) to cope with the increased construction activity planned along the borders. The ministry has given the Army the go-ahead to raise eight new porter companies to facilitate construction and resupply activity.

A new committee has also been set up to decide on whether the Army will get combat aviation assets,a sore point with the Air Force that has insisted that all aerial assets should be under its command.

First published on: 18-04-2012 at 12:36:45 am
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