A Press Information Bureau release indicated that Ministry of Defence (MoD) is organising brainstorming sessions ‘Chintan Shivir’ [Brainstorming] in New Delhi on June 19 & 20, 2023 to discuss various issues & challenges faced by its departments, with the aim to come out with new ideas for better governance & functioning. Department of Defence (DoD), Department of Defence Production (DDP), Department of Military Affairs (DMA) and Department of Ex-Servicemen Welfare (DESW) have identified a number of themes, on which eminent subject matter experts will share their views with the officers of the Ministry.
These issues were outlined Department wise and indicated continued challenges faced on legacy issues while transformatory ones as Theaterisation, modernisation of organisations and technology absorption remains on the back burner.
Department wise issues identified by the Press Information Bureau report are outlined as given below
Department of Defence
The DoD will deliberate on the following topics:
Comprehensive approach to national security
Cyber security challenges
National Information Security Policy and Guidelines
Sainik School education system
Capacity Building in Defence Acquisitions
Department of Defence Production
The DDP will have discussions on the following themes:
Enhancing production &defence exports
Increasing Aatmanirbharta: Road ahead for indigenisation
Industrial Ecosystem and Skilled Workforce
Enhancing Level Playing Field
Department of Military Affairs
The topics chosen by the DMA will cover critical issues of Integrating and optimising Human Resource aspects, Training and Operational issues towards achieving greater synergy and modernization & capability augmentation of Armed Forces in the realms of strategic domain [Possibly may also include theaterisation].
Interestingly the DMA will also include discussions on measures to identify and abolish colonial practices and obsolete laws and further incorporate the country’s own ethos and practices in functioning of the Armed Forces.
Department of Ex-Servicemen Welfare
The themes identified by DESW include:
Leveraging SPARSH for better pension services and other welfare measures for veterans
Resettlement of veterans by improving employability and promotion of entrepreneurship for start of micro enterprises by veterans
Improvement in the health services of the veterans
The Chintan Shivir will conclude with an open-house session for inviting ideas & suggestions for enhancing organisational efficiency in various departments. The event is being organised in line with the Government’s directions to have a real time audit of the objectives achieved till date and carve a way forward towards achieving the desired goals in realistic timelines.
It is unlikely that the outcomes will be published in whatever form for public discussion. In house brainstorming has limitations, whereas what is required to transform the Ministry of Defence is to discuss critical national security issues and those impacting capability building of the armed forces in a more transparent manner.