Prime Minister Narendra Modi was addressing the Combined Commanders Conference in Kevadia, Gujarat

Taking note of the rapidly changing technological landscape, Prime Minister Narendra Modi has highlighted the need to develop the Indian military into a 'future force'.

Addressing the valedictory session of the Combined Commanders Conference organised by the Ministry of Defence at Kevadia, Gujarat, on Saturday, he also spoke about the need to speed up the decision making process.

Prime Minister Modi stressed upon the importance of enhancing indigenisation in the national security system, not just in sourcing equipment and weapons but also in the doctrines, procedures and customs practiced in the armed forces.

According to an official statement, he emphasized the need to optimise manpower planning in both military and civilian parts of the National security architecture.

The Prime Minister called for a holistic approach, focused on breaking down civil-military silos and on expediting the speed of decision making.

He advised the Services to rid themselves of legacy systems and practices that have outlived their utility and relevance, the official statement said.

The Prime Minister, while speaking to the highest civilian and military leadership of the country's national defence system, conveyed his strong appreciation for the resolute dedication shown by the Indian Armed Forces over the past year, in the context of the COVID pandemic and the challenging situation on the northern border.

After having been briefed by the Chief of Defence Staff about the discussions during this year's Conference, the Prime Minister expressed his appreciation for the structure and agenda of the Conference.

The statement added that Prime Minister Modi particularly appreciated the inclusion of Junior Commissioned Officers and Non Commissioned Officers in this year's Conference.

Pointing out that the country would be celebrating 75 years of its independence next year, he called upon the armed forces to use the occasion to undertake activities and initiatives that would inspire the youth of the country.

Defence Minister Rajnath Singh had addressed the conference on Friday.