New Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi will address the Joint Commanders Conference in Kevadia, Gujarat today. For the first time, the conference will be attended by personnel of the three armed forces and Junior Commissioned Officers (JCOs).
Defense Minister Rajnath Singh reached Kevadia ahead of PM Modi's visit on Saturday and reviewed the preparations and praised the courage and bravery of the armed forces during the deadlock along the Line of Actual Control (LAC).
In a release by the Ministry, he stated that he spoke on the emerging nature of military threats, the important role of the armed forces in meeting these threats, and the expected changes in the nature of war in the future. The Defense Minister expressed his heartfelt appreciation and respect for the selfless courage shown by our soldiers.
According to an agency report citing sources, the PM will arrive in Kevadia on Saturday morning to address the gathering. National Security Advisor (NSA) Ajit Doval will also be present at the conference along with PM Modi.
Suggestions for inclusion of other ranks came from PMO
Till now only three were limited to senior officers of the armed forces including the Chiefs of Armed Forces and Commanders-in-Chiefs. This time for the first time Jawans and JCOs will be included in the conference. According to reports, the suggestion to involve JCOs and jawans was called by the Prime Minister's Office to get an in-depth knowledge of the day-to-day functioning of the armed forces.
Apart from operational matters and issues related to modernization, the India-China deadlock will also be discussed at the conference. The situation along the Line of Actual Control (LoC), particularly the implementation of ceasefire agreements between India and Pakistan, is also likely to be discussed.
"The jawans took part in various discussions on issues related to the functioning of the army and operations," news agency ANI quoted government sources as saying.