Govt places bill in LS to empower commanders

Working towards creation of theatre commands, Defence Ministry has introduced a bill in Lok Sabha to give disciplinary powers to commanders of tri services organisations over all the personnel from all three forces serving under them.
The bill – Inter-Services Organisations (Command, Control and Discipline) Bill, 2023 – also states that the central government may “by notification, constitute an Inter-services Organisation, which may include a Joint Services Command, comprising of units or service personnel who are subject to any of the Service Acts, as may be placed under the command of the Commander-in-Chief or, as the case may be, the Officer-in-Command.” The bill was introduced in Lok Sabha on Wednesday by Minister of State for Defence Ajay Bhatt amid din. It has been introduced at a time in Parliament when the Defence Ministry is working on the creation of theatre commands to tackle threats in changing security environment.

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