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Half of Army division HQs to be closed


New Delhi : The Indian Army has proposed closure of 20 divisional headquarters that are located in the “peace areas” as a part of the ongoing exercise to make the force “leaner.”

The proposal, however, is only in an internal note, the decision on which will have to be taken by Army Chief General Bipin Rawat and requires the final ratification by the defence ministry. It may be deliberated upon by the Army commanders in their annual meeting before the Army chief takes the decision.

The Army has around 40 divisional headquarters, headed by the major generals and ideally three divisions report to a Corp Commander, a Lieutenant general.

An officer involved in preparation of the note said the proposal to wind up the divisional headquarters does not mean any division with 10,000 to 14,000 troops will be abolished. It is just that the division will not have a separate headquarters that adds to the costs.

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