six states, covering approximately 1.5 lakh square kilometers
Bikaner, ¼ Rajasthan ½ South Western Command, the seventh and the youngest command of the Indian Army is nine years old today. Christened the Sapta Shakti - it is eternally reso lved to conform to its motto of "Forever Victorious".
The command has developed world class training infrastructure at Mahajan Field Firing Ranges in last 2-3 yrs which is utilised for carrying out Joint Exercises with friendly foreign countries like Russia, USA, UK, France, Thailand and Kazakhstan in addition to routine training of Indian Army.
Promoting sports and adventure activities including development of infrastructure remains one of the major areas of emphasis of Sapta Shakti Command. The Aqua Node at Kota has been developed as a training node for wind surfing, for the Indian Army. Over a period of time, the node has also developed other water sports facilities like Kayaking, Water Skiing, Sailing, Water Scooter and Rafting. Cycling node at Jaipur is hub for training the cyclist of the Indian Army, who has won laurels at National and International cycling events.
Since inception, despite varied constraints, a large number of projects have been undertaken at different military stations for a greener environment. This includes setting up of environmental parks, rain water harvesting, arboriculture and establishment of nature parks.
The area of Sapta Shakti Command covers the states which have maximum density of serving soldiers and veterans. The care of veterans is an extremely important facet of the Indian Army philosophy which also encourages the younger generation to volunteer for the Indian Army. Hence, a number of measures have been initiated towards the same. These include management of Ex-Servicemen Contributory Health Scheme (ECHS), empowerment of State and District Soldiers Boards for a proactive interface between the Ex-Servicemen and State Government to resolve their problems and setting up of Resettlement Directorates and Placement Cells to train serving soldiers for post retirement employment. Ex-servicemen rallies and Pension Adalats are also being organised regularly to remain in touch with them and endeavor to resolve their problems.
Another commitment of Sapta Shakti Command is to rehabilitate the bereaved families of our brave martyrs who sacrificed their lives for the Nation. To provide solace and succour to our Veer Naris and war widows, various projects are being run, in all stations of the Command. Sapta Shakti Command has endeavored to rehabilitate differently abled children and disabled veterans. Special children are also educated at Army ASHA Schools to provide specialised care with a view to making them physically self sufficient, developing vocational skills and releasing their latent potential to the fullest degree possible.
Sapta Shakti Command under the able leadership of GOC-in-C (Army Commander) Lt Gen Arun Kumar Sahni, is committed to uphold the glorious traditions of the Indian Army and be steadfast in their resolve to meet the myriad challenges confronting the Nation, always and forever.
SOUTH WESTERN COMMAND
( A GEO-STRATEGIC NECESSITY)
The frontage of SW Command covers varied terrain - the plains, semi desert and desert sector - which necessitates different approach for each sector. The development of intricate canal system for irrigation in the region has further increased the complexity of nature of operation.
The well developed and high value territory on both sides of IB - particularly in Punjab and Northern post of Rajasthan demands operational preparedness of high value. The area of Southern Rajasthan is open and suited to mechanized operations. Any sovereign nation would like to defend its territory from various threats. South Western Command formation and units are well poised to maintain adequate defensive balance in every contingency.
Before creation of the South Western Command, our adversary found the sparsely - populated and barren landscape a convenient axis of entry for its armour and mechanized infantry as happened in 1965 as well as in 1971 (South Western Command a Geo-strategic necessity) Since the creation of the South Western Command, there has been tighter vigil, an accelerated process of patrolling along the IB wire fencing. The integration of technology in our surveillance plans has ensured
No gaps along the IB.
2005, when the SW Command was commissioned India had taken the first step to rectify an imbalance and to plug the loophole. Operations of SW Command have a major bearing on operations on western front, SW Command has a synergy with both western and southern army commands. Moreover, terrain facilitates bold employment of mechanished forces and maximum combat power can be developed which in turn can be facilitate achievement of the end state.
The South Western Command has the unique distinction of being the test bed command for implementation of Tac C31 (Tactical Command, control, communication and Intelligence) system in its field formations. The system is being fielded with an aim to help planning, directing and controlling the field forces to provide accurate, timely and credible information to commanders at all levels. Process, display and evaluate data for situational awareness as an aid for decision support and disseminate orders and decisions to own force and weapon systems.