In a letter to each officer of the Indian Air Force (IAF), Air Chief Marshal BS Dhanoa has asked them “to be prepared for operations with our present holdings, at a very short notice”. According to reports, the letter was written to more than 12,000 officers on April 30.
The letter also talked about various issues in the Army including favouritism and sexual harassment. This letter was written to the officers by BS Dhanoa three months after becoming the Air Chief Marshal.
It is to be noted that it is the first time in the history of Air Force that an Air Marshal has written such a letter to the officers. However, on May 1, 1950 Field Marshal M Cariappa and in Feb 1986 General K Sundarji did give such kind of notices.
“In the present scenario, there is an ever persistent sub-conventional threat. Therefore, we need to be prepared for operations with our present holdings, at a very short notice,” Dhanoa was quoted as saying by The Indian Express. Training needs to be focused towards this, he added.
When asked about this letter, IAF spokesperson refused to comment citing this is an internal communication.