The Central Government of India has decided to abolish all 62 Cantonment Boards in the country and orders to hand over them to Indian Army.
According to Indian media, the central government issued a notification on 27th April to change the status of the cantonment.
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According to the notification, urban areas falling under cantonment boards will be handed over to municipal bodies and army areas will be converted into military stations, thus ending the British colonial-era cantonment system in India.
The civilian areas would be merged with local municipalities, which would then be responsible for their maintenance.
The new cantonment-bifurcation plan has already been finished in Yol town, as evidenced by the defense ministry’s April 27 notice of it. Next on the list is the cantonment of Nasirabad in Rajasthan.
“The process will be faster in cantonments where the demarcation between civil and military areas is easy. Others will take time,” an official said.
According to Indian media, there are a total of 62 cantonment boards in India at present.
However not all cantonments were likely to become military stations.
“To be sure, not all cantonments are likely to become military stations as the army and civilian pockets are intertwined and that may not permit a segregation,” the report quoted officials familiar with the development as saying.
The carving out of military stations by merging civilian areas with the local civic bodies will benefit all stakeholders, the officials said.
The officials were also quoted as saying that civilians who were not getting access to state government welfare schemes through the municipal corporations and municipalities would be able to avail the schemes after civilian areas become part of the local bodies, and the army will also be able to focus more on the development of the military stations.
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