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Army mulls shifting Rashtriya Rifles HQ to Srinagar

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New [India], Sept 09 (ANI): The is planning to shift the headquarters of the Rashtriya Rifles, which oversees the thrust against terrorists in Kashmir, from New to

A key cog in the anti-terror operations of the Indian Army, Rashtriya Rifles might soon find its head, the Director-General, in The is conducting its biggest ever restructuring exercise to make it more lethal by improving efficiency and plug the gaps in personnel distribution.

The change in the headquarters will accelerate the decision making and the execution of operations against terrorism. For example, the Assam Rifles, which has 45 Battalions and maintains the internal security in the Northeast and along the Myanmar Borders, has its headquarters in Shillong.

The Rashtriya Rifles is a counterinsurgency force having 65 battalions and is comprised soldiers deputed from other units.

"It is logical that the of the force is closer to the formation for quick decision making," said an on the condition of anonymity. The study is all-encompassing with its mandate covering every department and setup which includes the important Directorate Military Operations and the

The Army Chief, Bipin Rawat, has stated that although there is adequate personnel deployed at each headquarter, a scarcity of troops arises in the battalions. In an attempt to counter this shortcoming, the army is planning to do away with the headquarters at the Brigades level.

The is organised into Units, Brigades, which are comprised of three units, Division - having three Brigades under them, and Corps - which are comprised of three Divisions.

The Army also mentioned restructuring the Directorates that handle the Information Warfare (IW) and the Public Information (PI), with plans being discussed about merging the two. The IW comes under the ADG Military Operations and the PI Comes under the ADG PI.

Speaking at a seminar on in the Army said, "As was rightly brought out, do we need a directorate of information warfare or can we (do it) within our own organisation, that is we have the ADGMO-IW, we have the ADGPI, can we amalgamate some of our existing resources and ensure that becomes part and parcel of our life in the army?"

Sources told that the Army is also studying the possibilities of merging Director of Military Training (DGMT) and the

The DGMT in Sena Bhawan, New Delhi, functions under the Deputy of Army Staff and handles the policy formation for the Army, while the Army Training Command, which is mandated to execute these policies, is headquartered in Both oversee training.

This is the biggest every restructuring study being conducted in the which is going to complete by December this year as the Army Chief wants its execution to start at the beginning of 2019.

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First Published: Sun, September 09 2018. 22:05 IST