Government has accepted and implemented important recommendations of Committee of Experts (CoE) under the Chairmanship of Lt General D B Shekatkar (Retd) relating to border Infrastructure. These were related to speeding up road construction, leading to socio economic development in the border areas.
- On the matter related to creating border infrastructure, the Government has implemented recommendation of CoE to outsource road construction work beyond optimal capacity of Border Roads Organisation (BRO).
- It has been made mandatory to adopt Engineering Procurement Contract (EPC) mode for execution of all works costing more than Rs 100 crore.
- The other recommendation relating to introduction of modern construction plants, equipment and machinery has been implemented by delegating enhanced procurement powers from Rs 7.5 crore to Rs 100 crore to BRO, for domestic and foreign procurements.
- Border Roads has recently inducted Hot-Mix Plant 20/30 TPH for speedier laying of roads, remote operated hydraulic Rock Drills DC-400 R for hard rock cutting, a range of F-90 series of self-propelled snow-cutters/blowers for speedier snow clearance.
- New Technology like blasting technology for precision blasting, use of Geo-Textiles for soil stabilisation, cementitious base for pavements, plastic coated aggregates for surfacing, is also being used to enhance the pace of construction.
- With the empowerment of field officers through enhanced delegation of financial and administrative powers, there has been significant improvement in faster financial closure of works.
- The land acquisition and all statutory clearances like forest and environmental clearance are also made part of approval of Detailed Project Report (DPR).
- Further, with the adoption of EPC mode of execution, it is mandatory to award work only when 90 per cent of the statutory clearances have been obtained, implementing the recommendation of CoE regarding obtaining prior clearances before the commencement of the project.
DB Shekatkar Committee
The military reforms committee – under Lt General (retd.) DB Shekatkar – was set up by then Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar in 2015.
- The committee was established with a mandate for Enhancing Combat Capability and Rebalancing Defence Expenditure.
- The Lt Gen DB Shekatkar Committee recommended a number of measures to trim, redeploy and integrate manpower under the Ministry of Defence (MoD) in a gradual manner to meet the objective of an agile but effective military to meet current and future threats that India faces
- The committee submitted its report on December 21, 2016 with some 200 recommendations.
Mandate of the committee:
- To review logistics, training and administrative establishments for the purpose of optimizing manpower in defence forces and increase “Teeth to Tail ratio”.
- Suggest redeployment, repositioning and restructuring of manpower and resources to improve combat capability.
- Suggest integration of civil infrastructure and resources into the logistic system of the armed forces to avoid duplication and reduce expenditure
- Suggest measures to correct the bias of defence budget towards revenue expenditure.