New Delhi: In the expansion of the Union Cabinet on Wednesday, Ajay Bhatt, a strong leader of Uttarakhand, has been given the responsibility of Minister of State for Defense. In the South Block, Ajay Bhatt is being given important responsibility at a time when there has been a big hurdle in the government’s defense reforms and especially in the formation of theater command. Ajay Bhatt took over his work in the Ministry of Defense located in the South Block of the capital Delhi on Thursday.
During this, Defense Secretary, Dr. Ajay Kumar and other senior officers received him. After assuming office, Ajay Bhatt met Defense Minister Rajnath Singh. Ajay Bhatt also thanked PM Modi by tweeting and pledged to make the Prime Minister’s campaign of ‘Self-reliant India’ successful. Ajay Bhatt represents the Nainital-Udham Singh Nagar Lok Sabha constituency of Uttarakhand and has previously been a cabinet minister in the Uttarakhand government.
Many important committee members
He has also played the role of Leader of the Opposition in the Uttarakhand Legislative Assembly. Apart from being an MP in the current Lok Sabha, Ajay Bhatt is also a member of the Parliamentary Committee on Defense Affairs. He is also a member of many important committees including the Health and Family Welfare Committee. Let us tell you that a large number of soldiers join the army from Uttarakhand and a large number of ex-servicemen are also present. In such a situation, the responsibility of Ajay Bhatt becomes very important.
However, the major challenge before the government right now is a major obstacle in the defense reforms in the country. In fact, Prime Minister Narendra Modi and the Defense Ministry are emphasizing on creating an integration theater command of the three wings of the Army, the Army, the Air Force and the Navy. But the Air Force has lodged its objection to the creation of a theater command. The Air Force says that there are currently less fighter jets to reconnaissance aircraft and air defense systems in the country. In such a situation, in times of war, there can be great difficulty through theater command.
The Air Chief himself, Air Chief Marshal RKS Bhadauria, has taken strong objection to the statement of CDS, General Bipin Rawat, saying that the Air Force has its own ‘charter’ and is not just a ‘supporting arm’ of the Army. In such a situation, defense experts believe that like America, the government may need to bring a new bill to create theater command in India. If so, the bill may have to be passed by Parliament. America’s military commanders were not ready when the theater command was created in the 80s, after which theater commands were created through the Goldwater-Nichols Defense Act of the US Parliament.
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