Perhaps the nation’s memory is fresh with the misogynistic and offensive jibes of Congress President Rahul Gandhi against the country’s Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman. We are also witnessing the desperate attempts of the opposition camp to term the Rafale deal as a scam, despite Supreme Court dismissing any irregularities.
Day after day, week after week, Rahul Gandhi and his assorted ecosystem are trying to create an environment of negativity about India’s defence preparedness while also trying to thwart a clean deal. But have we missed out on important developments in the middle of this high-pitched rhetoric?
Here are the three recent developments in the security domain. Indeed, each of them is different in nature but together, give us the image of a confident and secure India.
Women in Military Police
It is for the first time a decision has been taken to induct women in personnel below the officer rank role in Corps of Military Police. It enables women in the following ways.
- They can investigate offenses like rapes, molestation, thefts etc.,
- Assisting civil Police/administration in times of hostilities.
- Crowd control of refugees comprising women and children.
- Searching/frisking of women during the cordon and search operations.
On the one hand, these measures increase the involvement of women in keeping the country secure, and on the other hand, it gives a slight relief to the women population of the country who may be at the receiving end in the above-mentioned situations. According to the Ministry of Defence, the women will be inducted in a graded manner to eventually comprise 20% of the total Corps of Military Police.
Highways as Emergency Airstrips
According to reports, the Centre has planned to set up 29 airstrips on National Highways. In a way, it is boosting the nation’s emergency preparedness. We have an example of Lucknow- Agra Expressway used as an airstrip for military planes as an experiment. But after 2016, with a government at the Centre that gives serious thought to India’s security concerns, the Ministry of Roads and Highways and the Indian Air Force have been evolving a technical feasibility aspect to use a greater number of highway stretches as emergency airstrips. The measure not only reflects the confidence of India in recent days to have a world class infrastructure but also aligning infrastructure projects in line with India’s security concerns.
Maritime Surveillance Gets a Boost
The government has decided to set up three new Naval Air Squadrons in Gujarat and Tamil Nadu. Besides, manpower towards manning additional aircraft in existing Dornier Surveillance Squadrons in Kerala and Andaman Islands has been increased. The new Dornier 228 aircraft being delivered are fitted with improved state of the art sensors and equipment which includes a glass cockpit, Advanced Surveillance Radar, Optical sensors and networking features.
Come January 24, 2019, Andaman and Nicobar Islands will have new Base named as the INS Kohassa in the Shibpur area of North Andaman. An independent naval unit with the requisite facilities and manpower will enhance overall operational capabilities of Andaman and Nicobar Command. It will open up the opportunity for permanent basing of aircraft at the Naval Air Station.
While the opposition is busy in making unsubstantiated allegations, the administration has been working tirelessly on India’s security concerns in every which way possible. Above are just some of the examples taken from just a week’s stretch. Read our earlier articles, Five Things Modi Government Did to Strengthen Defence Forces and India’s Defence Sector Thrives Under NDA Despite Rahul Gandhi’s Attempts to Derail to know the transforming developments in the defense sector.