Shillong ( Meghalaya), Dec 20 : The Governor of Arunachal Pradesh and Meghalaya Brig. (Dr.) B.D. Mishra (Retd.) addressed the 48th Advance Professional Programme in Public Administration at Indian Institute of Public Administration (IIPA), New Delhi today , Dec 20 . The trainee officers of the programme were senior government officers, including Defence forces officers of the rank of Brigadiers and Commodores.
The Governor emphasised on strengthening the Civil Military relations based on confidence building, mutual trust, mutual knowledge of civil-military affairs and a transparent interface between the civil and military leadership. He said that it is essential to have mutual respect for each other’s domain in decision making and plans implementation for good Civil-Military relations and these concepts and actions should be closely integrated.
Sharing his observation as a former infantry officer of Indian Army and as head of the State, the Governor called for optimization of Civil-Military Relations as an integral part of the National Defence Policy. He said that the Civil-Military Relations must aim at making the Indian Armed Forces ‘Atma Nirbhar’ and making our country ‘Shreshtha Bharat’.
The Governor said that India is a democratic nation and Civil power is supreme. He called upon the armed forces officers to be fearless and forthright and they must build up their professional competence to the extent that the political leaders get convinced that whatever is being suggested by the military leaders is in the best interest of the country.
The Governor, who has laid a strong foundation of trust and cooperation between civil administration and military establishments in the State, said that he is proud to say that in the State of Arunachal Pradesh, the present Civil – Military relations are its best. It has facilitated the bonhomie with the Army amongst the civil population, he underscored.
IIPA is a premier training and research institute under the Department of Personnel & Training (DoPT), Government of India. IIPA conducts more than 100 training and Capacity Building programmes for Government officials of India as well as foreign countries.