The armed forces have been given additional financial powers to purchase revenue in an order released today by Defense Minister Rajnath Singh.
The 2021 Delegation of Financial Powers to Defense Services Decision aims to authorize field formations; focus on operational readiness; promote ease of doing business and strengthen cooperation between services, a government statement said.
The defense minister described the new order as another major step in the government’s series of defense reforms. The new order, Mr Singh said, will not only overcome procedural delays but also lead to greater decentralization and operational efficiency.
Chief of the Defense Staff General Bipin Rawat, Chief of the Naval Staff Admiral Karambir Singh, Defense Minister Dr Ajay Kumar and other senior officials attended the occasion.
The last such improvement at all levels for defense services took place in 2016.
Under the new order, there will be an overall improvement of two times for competent financial authorities and up to 5-10 times for field formations in certain schemes. New competent financial authorities have also been added.
There will be a 10 per cent increase in the delegated financial powers of the deputy chief of services and up to a threefold increase in indigenousness and R&D schedules to achieve Atmanirbhar Bharat’s goal, the statement said.
The new order also has a facilitating provision for emergency financial powers to field formations below command level.
A new schedule for hiring aircraft and associated equipment has been introduced for the Air Force. This includes hiring air-to-air tankers. For the Navy, disaster management stone replenishment powers have been delegated to the Command level for immediate response to natural disasters.