Day before Nagrota attack, govt sent camp security guidelines to three services

Ministry sources told The Indian Express that although Manohar Parrikar had instructed that the guidelines be issued within a month, the six-month delay was due to the extensive consultation process with the stakeholders over the draft notification.

Written by Sushant Singh | New Delhi | Updated: December 2, 2016 9:08 am
Nagrotta attack, Nagrota terror strike, Avinash kumar, Major Akshay Girish Kumar, Nagrota camp, Yelahanka Air Force, terror attack, india news, indian express news The focus on the guidelines was revived in the Ministry after the September 18 Uri terror attack which led to the death of 19 soldiers. (Representational image)

On November 28, a day before the terror attack at an Army camp in Nagrota which claimed the lives of two officers and five soldiers, the Ministry of Defence had issued guidelines to the three services on security of military camps and installations. These guidelines were part of the recommendations of the Lt General Philip Campose committee report on security of defence installations. The expert committee, headed by retired Vice Chief of Army Staff Lt General Campose, was formed in the aftermath of the terror attack on the Pathankot airbase in January. The report, submitted to Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar in May, contained a three-page set of draft guidelines which were supposed to be issued to the Army, Air Force and Navy within a month.

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Ministry sources told The Indian Express that although Manohar Parrikar had instructed that the guidelines be issued within a month, the six-month delay was due to the extensive consultation process with the stakeholders over the draft notification. The focus on the guidelines was revived in the Ministry after the September 18 Uri terror attack which led to the death of 19 soldiers. These guidelines mainly deal with procedural issues, including training of soldiers to thwart terror attacks, and can be immediately implemented by the three services.

Citing operational reasons, the official spokesperson of the Ministry declined comment on the matter. “The committee’s report is comprehensive and addresses all issues. Now it is for the government to support and facilitate early implementation in an early timeframe,” Lt General Campose told The Indian Express. The report consists of six chapters, with the first chapter highlighting lapses in security at the Pathankot airbase. The second chapter undertakes a review of the existing security mechanisms of military installations, where it clearly states that the responsibility of security of a military unit is of the commanding officer and his own service, and his chain of command.

The third chapter focuses on the use of modern technology to enhance physical security of military installations. This necessitates a large quantum of funds to the defence services, and the report suggested priority of allocation in a phased manner. This is a chapter which is being hotly debated in the Ministry, as it would need additional allocation of funds from the government, and creation of capacity in the services to spend that money.
The fourth chapter reviews the state of Defence Security Corps while the fifth chapter recommends an independent external security audit of all defence installations. The recommendation of an external security audit has been objected to by the three services who wish to undertake such audits internally. The last chapter of the Campose report contains the summary of recommendations.

Meanwhile, Army sources said an inquiry into Tuesday’s terror attack at Nagrota will be undertaken after the mopping operations conclude. But the sources reiterated that no specific intelligence about the terror attack was made available to the Army by any of the agencies.
Sources maintained that holding the Army solely responsible for the terror attack is unfair since other security agencies are responsible for the security of the international border and the area between the border and the Nagrota camp.

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First Published on: December 2, 2016 4:11 am
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    avi
    Dec 2, 2016 at 3:37 am
    Indian officialdom is more interested in perks,status,red beacons on their cars with fawning side kicks to surround them ! lt;br/gt;There is no Hands ON professional approach for anything ???lt;br/gt;Unless they get a strong kick on their back side nothing will change.
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      Kaliyug
      Dec 2, 2016 at 1:30 am
      When the Generals are not dying there is no rush to improve security.
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        claire smith
        Dec 2, 2016 at 3:49 am
        More government and less governancelt;br/gt;Blame gamelt;br/gt;Reminder of bad old days ?
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          krish
          Dec 2, 2016 at 3:16 am
          Whatever the security measures are, should be taken with immediate effect. We cannot afford to play with the loss of life. In the same time, methods of retaliation should also be considered. Keeping quiet will make us more vulnerable.
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            m chakravaty
            Dec 2, 2016 at 7:07 am
            Armchair critics should kindly stop dissecting and finding faults; only those who have been in the line of fire know the dangers. It is the jawan who gets shot/beheaded, so those who just criticise need to be sensitive to the feelings of his colleagues and family.lt;br/gt;Any faults are severely and swiftly dealt in the military.
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              m chakravaty
              Dec 2, 2016 at 6:55 am
              No pushing down the neck of the CO outsiders like NSG, NIA; soon state police will be invited for post-mortem exam of each issue. lt;br/gt;Night vision and surveillance eqpt available on fast-track.lt;br/gt;Central armed police to do road patrolling; army people rarely get rest and are on night guard almost every night.lt;br/gt;Restore withdrawn benefits of those punished for taking proper action on those dangerously driving through security barriers despite orders---govt should show that it is giving troops a free hand.lt;br/gt;lt;br/gt;Other thoughts:lt;br/gt;lt;br/gt;Cut indus water by 10% everytime such an attack occurs. Start now to get our prisoners back from pak.lt;br/gt;lt;br/gt;Morale boosting--lt;br/gt;lt;br/gt;1. Civ officials to ist separated families, and army widows; fauji's children get hle-free school admission every two years.lt;br/gt;lt;br/gt;2. Forward area roads and helipads upto all company HQs at least; regimental medics to know airway maintenance, stopping bleeding, starting i iv lines.lt;br/gt;lt;br/gt;3. Doctors 20 yr service get jt secy pay as for all govt doctors.lt;br/gt;lt;br/gt;Netas not to issue self-congralutary or divisive statements on defence matters but to think jointly.
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                m chakravaty
                Dec 3, 2016 at 9:18 am
                Well before Campose committee, successive Chiefs have been asking for surveillance equipment and ni vi devices. What happened then?lt;br/gt;lt;br/gt;Why did it take 6 months to study the paper? How long did babus take to gift themselves the only OROP of the nation? What was RM doing in his multiple trips to Goa, testing the gadgets? Where is the sense of urgency of MOD? lt;br/gt;lt;br/gt;All commanders are taught to avoid unnecessary loss of life; they have been trained to go through fire. Why look for scapegoats to cover one's faults with no military background and the only qualification is to use the army for one's advancement and then pull it down?
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                  Vihari Naidu
                  Dec 2, 2016 at 2:20 am
                  No commanding officer was held accountable for Pathankot and Uri installations. In India no one is accountable. Brave soldiers just loose their lives and those who were complacent go scot-frew.
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                    shinde shamrao
                    Dec 2, 2016 at 5:21 am
                    no doubt indian inteligence service consists of some top cl parsonalities but unfortunately they are not any match to s guiles.and thus we suggest that for better quality improvement we need to employ isreal inteligence services becauses they are world tested and very much convrersant with muslim mentality towords which indians seem to be soft or scarry..bu any means we need to stop this surprise element attacks by s on out compitent but sleepy intelignce in army.time and again they fall short against the pak wiles.take in good spirit to save our life of jawans.
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                      Kussh Singh
                      Dec 2, 2016 at 1:55 am
                      Defence security corps comes directly under the MoD and not under the army. It is a deliberately neglected service made up of retired jawans. The nation spends huge amount of money on NCC but not a bit on DSC. But DSC is supposed to provide security at all ammunition depots, army headquarters, command headquarters, airbases, naval bases etc and all static formations where defence civilians are present. Defence estates office also comes directly under the MoD and is supposed to maintain all the cantt boards and the defence lands. In case of Nagrota or Kaluchak etc, army units are sitting on small pieces of land with no strategic depth, simply because the MoD cannot find time to monitor and give directions to the defence estates office to sort out defence lands with respective state govts. Every year the annual army commanders conference brings out the issue of defence lands being improved but nothing is done about this issue. Ambala cantt has the dubious distinction of having the ancient design military hospital on one end of the airstrip which could be subjected to serious accidents if even one bomb from the aircraft taking off or landing is accidentally ejected. 16corps is supposed to be the largest defensive formation of the Indian army. Yet its headquarters has no depth/security and is sited around the vulnerable Srinagar-Jammu highway. 16 Corps commander's house and corps headquarters are bang on the highway. Any bomb laden truck can crash thru and cause havoc. Siting of important field formations is a big issue and does not need a 6 month report to be made apparent. The main issue is no accountability or responsibility of the people at the MoD. Does it need 6 months to put up a BASIC report? The MoD makes Indian defence a laughing stock in the rest of the world.
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                        Kussh Singh
                        Dec 2, 2016 at 3:35 am
                        What about the commanding officers at the ministry of defence? and parliament? and ministry of home affairs and ministry of external affairs? If every incident like this costs the small fry CO his job, the Indian armed forces which already have a crippling officer shortfall will be headless and nobody will prefer the CO's job. This sort of scenario has been predicted since decades by our defence journalists also. Right after the 1971 victory, stan and China must have restarted border skirmishes because Indian parliament and Indian govt does not know the basic faults within themselves and are living in a fools paradise. Only the Indian public is unaware of these open secrets which are the root cause of belligerent neighbours taking advantage of us. Even the press fails to educate the Indian public about the state of affairs of Indian defence under the PMO and the home and defence ministries. The biggest example is that troops are dying daily in the inhospitable world called Siachen glacier simply because fools at the top in the PMO and Parliament cannot give the political go-ahead to punish the brains behind hidden war on India since the last 4 decades. These fools make people sit on a cold desert and die or be crippled everyday simply because they are impotent or have been rendered so by the previous govt's mismanagement of the economy and Govt of India.
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                          Kussh Singh
                          Dec 2, 2016 at 2:08 am
                          What is the use of various intelligence networks when basic common sense is missing in the MoD? The ministry has a dubious track record. It controls the Border Roads organisation but gives no management support or infrastructural support or project management support to the BRO which has resulted in almost nil roads infrastructure in border areas. The ministry looks after the MES which is another worthless insution because of mismanagement by the ministry. The ministry looks after the ammunition depots in the country which are getting encroached upon by human potion because of collapse of the Ministry of home affairs and Ministry of law and justice. The ordnance factory board under the MoD is another disaster area -39 factories producing worthless/obsolete consumables and equipment simply because the IAS chaps have no management experience but all the power and no responsibility. The defence related PSUs such as BEL, etc come under other ministries and not under the defence ministry. Project management is non existent at the ministry. Perhaps Parrikar should just go over the reports of all annual conferences of the army commanders, airforce commanders and naval commanders for the last 5 to 10 years. Same issues cropping up again and again. Even our news reporting on TV or print media shows same issues and history of mismanagement repeated endlessly with MoD being at the centre of it all.
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