Inter-Services Organization Bill 2023
Minister of State for Defense Ajay Bhatt introduced the Inter-Services Organization Bill 2023 in the Lok Sabha. The Bill seeks to empower the Commander-in-Chief or the Officer-in-Command of Inter-Services Organizations with adequate powers for the maintenance of discipline in relation to military personnel.
According to the Inter-Services Organization (Command, Control and Discipline) Bill, 2023, the Central Government can constitute an Inter-Services Organization through notification. It also includes Joint Services Command.
Indian Air Force, Army and Navy:
governed by the Air Force Act, 1950, the Army Act and the Navy Act, 1957. Disciplinary powers are conferred on the officers of these three armed forces. It directly affects the inter-service organizations of the armies: such as the Andaman and Nicobar Command, the Defense Space Agency and joint training establishments such as the National Defense Academy (NDA).
Therefore, the Command-in-Chief or Officer-in-Command of such military organizations does not have disciplinary and administrative powers when attached to other services. In such a situation, for disciplinary and administrative action against the jawans in the Inter Services Organization, they have to be sent back to their parent units, but this problem will be solved by the new bill. Now, due to the new bill, the commanders of the Inter Services Organization will have full authority to take any such decision.
- In the proposed system, action can be taken against the officers and employees of all the three wings of the army.
- Inter-service officers were empowered to take action against people working in all the three services.
- At present, the three-star general, who is running the joint command, cannot take action against the soldiers of other forces.
- If any mistake is made by the officer or employee of any wing, then that wing is written for disciplinary action.
- So far only one wing takes disciplinary action against officers or employees of the service in which they work.
The first tri-services command, the Andaman and Nicobar Command, was created in 2001 as part of the overhauling of India's higher defense management by the Atal Bihari Vajpayee government. After this, the Strategic Forces Command was formed two years later.