Govt introduces bill in Lok Sabha to strengthen tri-services commanders' powers
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The Defense Ministry introduced a bill in Parliament on March 15, giving the three service chiefs disciplinary powers over all personnel of the three forces serving under them.
An overview of the news
The name of the bill is "Inter-Services Organisations (Command, Control and Discipline) Bill, 2023".
Minister of State for Defense Ajay Bhatt introduced the bill.
The Bill seeks to empower the Commander-in-Chief or the Officer-in-Command of Inter-Services Organizations for the maintenance of discipline and proper discharge of their duties in relation to service personnel.
According to the bill, the central government can constitute an Inter-Services Organization through a notification.
Presently the Indian Air Force, Army and Navy are governed by the Air Force Act, 1950, the Army Act, 1950 and the Navy Act, 1957 respectively.
Therefore, only the officers of these three armed forces are given disciplinary powers.
This has implications for the inter-service organizations of the services, such as the Andaman and Nicobar Command, the Defense Space Agency and joint training establishments such as the National Defense Academy (NDA).
Therefore, the Command-in-Chief or Officer-in-Command of such military organizations does not get disciplinary and administrative powers when attached to other services.
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