Explaining the Army exercise that has created uproar in West Bengal

The Army exercise is carried out after due liaison with the state government as well as the state police.

Written by Man Aman Singh Chhina | Chandigarh | Updated: December 2, 2016 7:27 pm
army, west bengal army, army coup, army in bengal, kolkata, kolkata army, mamata banerjee, army exercise, army exercise bengal, west bengal news, india news Normally this Army exercise is carried out twice a year all across the country. (Express Photo by Partha Paul)

The Army exercise which has sent the Bengal Chief Minister, Mamata Banerjee, in a tizzy is not one which is restricted to the state of Bengal or North East alone, but one which is carried out throughout the country at periodic intervals for operational reasons.

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The exercise is done by stationing troops at strategic places along the state or national highways, which may include toll plazas, in order to get an accurate information of the number of average load bearing vehicles, trucks and buses, which pass through that particular area. The troops who are stationed for this exercise note down the make of the truck or bus and the load carrying capacity of it along with the frequency with which such vehicles pass through the area in the duration of the exercise. Normally this exercise is carried out twice a year all across the country.

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The compilation of this data gives an average figure to the local Commanders of the static formation, which means the Sub Area or the Area Headquarters, who will need to refer to it when an operational mobilisation takes place. During operational mobilisation the Army may require to hire a number of civilian vehicles in order to ferry troops and equipment in addition to the Army’s own fleet of transport vehicles. The requisition of the Civil Hired Transport or CHT, as it is known in the Army, is done by referring to the average availability figures which are gathered through such exercises.

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The last time when the Army had to hire large scale civilian vehicles was in the general mobilisation of Operation Parakram following the attack on the parliament in December 2001. This included buses to transport the troops and trucks to carry the equipment. The owners and drivers of the requisitioned vehicles are paid for the services of the vehicle and the staff for as long as the operational necessity might be.

army, west bengal army, army coup, army in bengal, kolkata, kolkata army, mamata banerjee, army exercise, army exercise bengal, west bengal news, india news Army Jawans during vehicles checking at 2nd Hooghly river Bridge toll plaza on December 01, 2016. (Express photo)

The Army exercise is carried out after due liaison with the state government as well as the state police. According to Major General Krishan Khorana (retd), a former Major General-in-Charge-Administration of Western Command, the dates of the exercise are given in advance to the civilian administration and are finalised in close coordination with them. “I have never seen any problem arising from such exercises as these are routine in nature. The Army never goes and conducts them on their own without taking the state government into confidence,” he said.

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First Published on: December 2, 2016 12:42 pm
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    Haren
    Dec 2, 2016 at 11:29 am
    I.E. Please print the 4 letters written to 4 athorities by army one week before this exercise conducted in West Bengal. Why Mamta claim that they did not inform West Bengal govt.?
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      AMANDEEP
      Dec 2, 2016 at 10:18 pm
      Politicians cynically exploiting every opportunity to advance their political interests at the expense of the morale of the armed forces and police. I hope she can be taken to court for this.
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        Madhu
        Dec 2, 2016 at 11:22 am
        How can we even react to mamta rants now- people are fed up with these moron politicians waging war against country with their bits and pieces of information. I am stunned that she has come down to this low level of theatrics that are more seen and heard from Rahul, Kejri, Lalu etc. Sad that she is a CM of a state and creating this kind of ruckus. She should say sorry for not being well informed
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          Madhu
          Dec 2, 2016 at 11:26 am
          Srinivas - if you don't know of Army protocols keep silent. Army knows what it is doing and please don't be so ignorant that in case of an emergency it is the Army that is called in and so they need data that is reliable. And they rely on their data, we all know what type of dats date govt dishes out. You will know what I am saying when you see theBPL list and find that your neighbour who is as big or well off like you is in that list. So don't preach if you don't have information.
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            Nak
            Dec 2, 2016 at 7:36 am
            A B.S article,it says a lot without saying anything. How come the salient points we're never addressed?lt;br/gt;Did they get permission from the civilian Govt.?If so who did they talk to?Has this happened before during TMC's rule? Is Mamta lying,if so then prove it.
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              Piyush
              Dec 2, 2016 at 9:06 am
              Chor machaye shor...corrupt Mamta is in pain since demonetisation
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                Piyush
                Dec 2, 2016 at 9:05 am
                Chor machaye shot...corrupt Mamta is in pain since demonetisation
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                  Alkesh
                  Dec 2, 2016 at 11:41 pm
                  Army should provide Mamata jawans around the clock to satisfy her.
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                    Alkesh
                    Dec 2, 2016 at 11:19 pm
                    Army should provide some of its jawans to satisfy Mamata.
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                      NR Ravi
                      Dec 2, 2016 at 7:33 am
                      Mamta Banerjee is seeing villains in every shadow. Typical over dramatisation is her style. But she never answered for the train burnt in Bihar when she was Rail Minister
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                        R. P.
                        Dec 2, 2016 at 11:12 pm
                        Actually she needs husband so that her inner frustration comes out
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                          Vedic_Citizen
                          Dec 2, 2016 at 8:07 am
                          Frequency of such army exercises must be doubled in west Bengal, Kerala and am
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                            Vivek
                            Dec 2, 2016 at 3:11 pm
                            Even donkeys will have better IQ than this lady
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                              aks
                              Dec 2, 2016 at 5:45 pm
                              This lady has gone mad. Does she have any brains,any sense of proportions? Shame on Bengalis who are voting for such a disgrace.
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                                Ashok
                                Dec 2, 2016 at 9:09 am
                                Is it that Mamta has hidden forbidden wealth in the Secretriat that has made her to be irresponsible leader?
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                                  Anil
                                  Dec 2, 2016 at 10:48 pm
                                  Our Army did issue 4 letters during the month of Nov 2016 ( and this has been published in various other media ) . There is something really very fishy, about her stay in secretariat.
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                                    Dash
                                    Dec 2, 2016 at 8:11 am
                                    My friend,an IPS(an underground IB officer) posted in eastern India tells me that WB secretariat building has been used to dump old notes. Army is keeping a close eye in this. Army movement near Kolkata was due to yhis fact. Mamta staying there last night tells a lot. TMC has Rs. 13000-17000 crores of black money. Abhishek Banerjee who js Mamta's nephew looks after this money. W..B is truly ruined. 3 trucks full of old notes were transporting these from one place to another. that is why Army kept an eye on vehicles plying on NH 2. My friend told me a no.of things which can not be disclosed here. the bottom line is this-Mamata is a disgusting lady who is selling WB. may god bless W..B.
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                                      Pawar RS
                                      Dec 2, 2016 at 10:44 am
                                      Parikar just hit the nail on its head by framing the word " political frustration" !! good !
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                                        Pawar RS
                                        Dec 2, 2016 at 10:48 am
                                        there are letters acknowledged by the civil authorities or else see some tv channels where they are displa you stupid A**** H*** !
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                                          CP
                                          Dec 2, 2016 at 2:30 pm
                                          Can't the army request DMV records ? This one is similar to turning the lights off at the Pune airport when satellites fly over to prevent 'enemies ' from seeing the military airfield ??? I hope the military is a little more sophisticated in other aspects ..
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                                            Vijayaraghavan
                                            Dec 2, 2016 at 1:13 pm
                                            Such exercises have been going on for years and last year also in the 3rd week of Nov it was done. How naive it is to depend on data provided by State police, who are notoriously untrustworthy. With this type of reaction, perhaps, it would be better to army not to come to the rescue of such states during disasters and violent agitations.
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