Army plan to move training HQ from Shimla to Meerut runs into retired officers, politicians

The Army’s decision to shift the headquarters of the Army Training Command (ARTRAC) from Shimla to Meerut in Uttar Pradesh is not going down well in the Himachal capital. There is a growing disquiet within the ARTRAC — one of Army’s strategic commands — and in Himachal’s political circles as there is a belief here that the process to move the command has begun.

The speculation began last month when Army Chief General Bipin Rawat paid a two-day visit to the ARTRAC headquarters. Sources said he discussed logistics involved in the shifting and later briefed Governor Acharya Devvrat on the decision.

The move will end Shimla’s 27-year association with the ARTRAC after its headquarters was moved here from Mhow in Madhya Pradesh in 1993. It will affect 200-odd officers of all ranks, including two Lt generals, seven major generals, brigadiers and a large number of serving personnel, a majority of whom are locals. Read More

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