No proposal before me on troops cut in Indian Army: Sitharaman

NEW DELHI: Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman Tuesday said the Government was not considering any proposal to downsize the Indian Army.

She, however, said a Government-appointed committee had recommended steps to make the Army a lean and powerful machine and Army Chief Gen. Bipin Rawat has been holding deliberations with his top commanders on it.

“There is no such proposal before me to cut troop-level in the Army,” she said in reply to a question during an interactive session at the Indian Women Press Corps (IWPC).

Gen Bipin Rawat last week held detailed deliberations with top commanders of the force on ways to make the Army “leaner and meaner” which included carrying out an extensive organisational restructuring and downsizing of the force.

There have been indications that the Army may cut over 1,00,000 troops over the next five years as part of restructuring process. The current strength of the force is around 1.3 million personnel. (AGENCIES)