New Delhi: In order to enhance the efficiency of the Armed Forces and make them war-ready, the Indian Army is likely to cut over 1,50,000 troops in the next four to five years under an overarching cade review, according to a Hindustan Times report.

The cadre review aims at cutting the personnel strength of the 1.2-million strong force and merge different verticals to optimise its functioning.

The review is being done by an 11-member panel which is headed by Military Secretary Lt Gen JS Sandhu. A preliminary report will be presented to Army Chief General Bipin Rawat by month-end and a final report on the same will be submitted in November.

“Merging of some verticals and rationalising roles are likely to result in cutting 50,000 troops over the next two years. A reduction of 100,000 more personnel may be possible by 2022-23. But all this is in the study phase right now,” an official was quoted by Hindustan Times as saying.

The cadre review order said that the expansion of different verticals over the years resulted in duplication of charters and associated manning. There is need of restructuring and merging within verticals, it added.

“As far as overlapping duties in logistics departments is concerned, there has to be a structured analysis to see if duplication in functioning can be streamlined into lesser number of modules,” said former Northern Commander Lieutenant General BS Jaswal (retd).

In August 2017, the government had announced an extensive restructuring of the Army to redeploy 57,000 soldiers in combat roles to enhance the force’s fighting edge.