NEW DELHI: On Wednesday, Union Defence Minister Rajnath Singh allowed 206 military officers to be sent back to their field units. The move is only part of the restructuring of army headquarters. Mr. Singh also flagged off the decision to transfer officers, besides setting up a separate vigilance cell under the Chief of army staff, based on an internal study conducted by the Army Headquarters.
In addition, a unit under the Army Vice-President will be set up to fully address human rights issues. The Army officers who have been transported to their field unit include three Major Generals, eight Brigadiers, nine Colonels, and 186 Lieutenant Colonels. The vigilance cell under the Chief of the Army will represent all the three wings of the Army. At present, a number of agencies function under the Vigilance Department and have no single interface. But now an independent vigilance cell under the Chief of the Army Staff will work.
The Additional Director General (Vigilance) will be under the Chief of Army Staff and the cell will have three officers below the post of Colonel. The Human Rights Cell set up under the Army Vice-Chairman will be headed by an officer below the rank of Major General and will examine the report of human rights abuses. A police officer of the post of SP or Senior Superintendent of Police will be appointed to investigate the agency.