Army Headquarters At Delhi To Undergo Major Restructuring To Free Up More Officers For Field DeploymentIndian Army Chief General Bipin Rawat with other senior officers in New Delhi. (Photo by Raj K Raj/Hindustan Times via Getty Images)

After beginning four studies in 2018 to study the optimisation and revamp of its organisational setup, the Indian Army is all set to effect major changes in the structure of officer postings at the Army Headquarters (HQ) in Delhi, reports The New Indian Express.

The changes are intended to trim down the number of officers who are currently posted at Army HQ, so that they may be freed up for deployment in field areas. The proposal for restructuring is that the number of officers posted at the HQ in Delhi be reduced from the current strength of 1,332 officers (a number which includes the Chief of Army Staff) to 1,203 officers, thus allowing some 129 young officers to be deployed to the field.

The biggest reduction of officers will take place in the Information System Directorate, which is involved in improving and maintaining the internet capabilities of the army. The number of officers in this directorate will go down from 94 to 50.

Other departments which will see a decrease in strength are the Corps of Electronics and Mechanical Engineers, which will lose 28 of its 73 officers, the Military Training Directorate, which will be reduced to 28 from 54 officers, the Military Intelligence headquarters, whose strength will come down 81 from the present 99, and the Military Operations headquarters which will be left with 56 officers against its present strength of 70.

On the other hand, some departments will also see an increase in their number of officers, a new post of Deputy Chief of Army Staff is in the works to supervise military operations, military intelligence and operational logistics.

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