Manohar Parrikar Current Affairs - 2020

Shekatkar Committee: Abolition of 9,304 Military Engineering Services

Union Defence Minister Shri Rajnath Singh recently approved the abolition of 9,304 posts in the military engineering services. The posts were abolished based on the recommendation of Shekatar Committee.

Highlights

The late Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar in 2016 appointed a 11-member committee. It was named the Shekatar Committee. Of all the recommendations made by the committee, around 65 were approved in 2017. The committee had made a total of 99 recommendations. If all the recommendations are implemented according to the committee, India can save Rs 25, 000 crores.

Abolition of Posts

The number of posts abolished were 9,304. In total there were total 13,157 vacancies. The abolished posts were included in the vacancies.

Shekatar Committee

The committee had recommended closure of military farms and postal establishments in peace regions. It also recommended enhancement of standards to recruit drivers in the army and clerical staff. It had made several changes in the reorganization of the Army Headquarters. The number of officers were recommended to reduce to 200.

National Institutes renamed after late Union Ministers Sushma, Arun Jaitley and Manohar Parrikar

The Government of India has been renaming the national institutes after late ministers. The leaders passed away in 2019 due to health issues. They were Manohar Parrikar, Arun Jaitley and Sushma Swaraj.

Objective of renaming

The renaming is being done in order to align the institutes on the lines of the vision of the late leaders.

Manohar Parrikar

Parrikar served as the Minister of Defence between 2014 and 2017. The Institute of Defence and Analyses (IDSA) has been renamed as Manohar Parrikar Institute of Defence Studies. His biggest contribution was the One Rank One Pension scheme for the armed forces.

IDSA

The IDSA was established in 1965. It was established for policy related studies in all aspects of defence and security.

Sushma Swaraj

Sushma Swaraj served as the Minister of External Affairs. The Pravasi Bharatiya Kendra in New Delhi was renamed as Sushma Swaraj Bhawan and also the Foreign Institute in New Delhi was renamed as Sushma Swaraj Institute of Foreign Services.

Arun Jaitley

Arun Jaitley served as the finance minister. The National Institute of Financial Management was renamed as Arun Jaitley National Institute of Financial Management. Also, in September 2019, the Delhi Ferozeshah Kotla Cricket ground was renamed as Arun Jaitley Stadium.