India Raises New Strike Corps for NE
By Express News Service | Published: 08th January 2014 08:20 AM |
In a bid to strengthen its offensive capability against China, India has formally set in motion its efforts to raise 50,000-men Mountain Strike Corps for the North-East region.
The flag of the new corps was raised on the New Year day at its temporary headquarters in Ranchi by commander-designate Major General Raymond Norohna, who is slated to be promoted as Lieutenant General when he takes over the new formation’s command.
The raising of the corps would cost about `65,000 crore in the next seven years. By then, it would shift its headquarters to Panagarh in West Bengal, Army officers said here.
The Government Sanction Letter for setting up the Mountain Strike Corps was issued in November last, a full three months after the Cabinet Committee on Security headed by Prime Minister Manmohan Singh gave the nod on July 17.
The new formation would be called the ‘17 Corps’, but it would be the 14th Corps in the Army. It will be only the fourth Strike Corps and the one facing China, as the rest -- 1 Corps based in Mathura, 2 Corps at Ambala and 21 Corps at Bhopal -- are meant for Pakistan.
The 17 Corps’ forces would be spread across Arunachal Pradesh, Assam and other eastern and north-eastern states. It would have two divisions with headquarters in Bihar and Assam.
The Army had mooted the idea of new corps in 2009-2010, considering the possibility of a simultaneous two-front war with Pakistan and China.