Defence Minister Smt Nirmala Sitharaman on Tuesday inaugurated the bi-annual Indian Air Force (IAF) Commanders’ Conference at Air Headquarters (Vayu Bhavan) in New Delhi. Air Chief Marshal BS Dhanoa, Chief of the Air Staff welcomed and introduced Union Defence Minister Sitharaman and Dr Subhash Bhamre to the IAF commanders.
Air Force alongwith Ordnance Factory Board and DRDO should make an assessment about indigenisation under ‘Make-in-India’ programme. The budgetary allocations should not be viewed as a constraint and should be looked at to acquire what is absolutely necessary. She said that the Government is committed to fill the gaps which have arisen due to lack of timely decision making in the last decade.
In correspondence with Government of India’s ‘Digital India’ push two mobile Apps for Air Force Cellular Network (AFCEL) phones called ‘MEDWATCH’ and ‘AFCHAT’ will be released during the Conference. Various other initiatives like Online Testing & Evaluation and Online Entrance Examination to further the initiative will be covered. A book titled ‘Aero India- Ascent through the ages’ is also scheduled to be released during the conference. The new look Air Force Central Accounts Office (AFCAO) website with enhanced features will also be launched.
The 3-day long Commanders’ conference will be conducted till 12 Oct 17 wherein discussions will take place on various subjects that will decide the future trajectory of the IAF which includes operations, maintenance issues and various administrative initiatives that will be taken to enhance the working environment of the IAF keeping in focus IAF’s core principle of ‘People First, Mission Always’.