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India needs to formulate an all-encompassing national vision for defence forces to enable coherence in multi-sectoral and multi-ministerial policymaking and execution. Examine.

Topic: Various Security forces and agencies and their mandate.

6. India needs to formulate an all-encompassing national vision for defence forces to enable coherence in multi-sectoral and multi-ministerial policymaking and execution. Examine. (250 words)

Difficulty level: Moderate

Reference: The Hindu

Why the question:

India where piecemeal announcements are made in various sectors without a stated national vision. There is no overarching official document to guide policy and decision-making.

Key Demand of the question:

To write the need for national vision for defence forces.

Directive word: 

Examine – When asked to ‘Examine’, we must investigate the topic (content words) in detail, inspect it, investigate it and establish the key facts and issues related to the topic in question. While doing so we should explain why these facts and issues are important and their implications.

Structure of the answer:

Introduction: 

Begin by giving context that India lacks a coherent national vision pertaining to its defence forces.

Body:

First, mention the impact of the lack of a national vision – reactive approach, lack of modernisation, limited coordination, inefficient utilisation of funds etc;

Next, discuss the benefits of having a nation vision for better coherence in multi-sectoral and multi-ministerial policymaking and execution and the steps that are needed in this regard.

Conclusion:

Conclude with a way forward to address these issues.