CCS enhances financial powers for service chiefs

In a move that had been pending for several months, the Cabinet Committee on Security (CCS) has given approval for a massive hike in the financial powers of the three armed forces chiefs as well as the Coast Guard Director General.

A decision has been taken to increase the financial powers of the three forces to Rs 150 crore from the existing limit of Rs 50 crore. This will give more autonomy to the forces to make urgent and critical purchases for troops. The services will now be able to purchase equipment that costs up to Rs 150 crore without seeking the approval of the Defence Ministry that involved red tape and a slew of requisite clearances.

The move is expected to have a cascading effect and the financial powers of army commanders and their equivalents is also expected to increase in the coming days. An increase in the financial powers of services has been a long pending demand that has also been endorsed by parliamentary panels.

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