General Singh said the army had also submitted a time-bound plan to the government to enhance the capabilities of its aviation corps.

"We have made plans. The government has approved many. Some of them have been completed while others will get approval by the end of the fiscal," he told an Army Day function here.

Stressing on the importance of superior equipment and firepower for the army, General Singh said a country is respected only when it is economically and militarily powerful.

"For the country to achieve its rightful place globally, it is must that our army becomes a capable, effective, responsible and contemporary power and contributes to the progress of the country," he said.

General Singh also made a mention about the approval granted for raising a mountain strike corps to underline the growing capability of the army and said special attention was being paid to infrastructure development along the borders.

In his 15-minute-long speech, he spoke about the army's efforts to deal with issues ranging from suicide to shortage of officers and facilities for its present and former personnel. General Singh said that the shortfall of officers will come down to 10 percent by 2018 from existing 20 percent.


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