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Armed forces sufficiently equipped, says Defence Minister Arun Jaitley in Parliament

New Delhi, July 26, 2017: Days after a report of the Comptroller and Auditor General (CAG) said that the Army faces a shortfall in 40 per cent types of ammunition to fight a 10-day war, Defence Minister Arun Jaitley told Parliament Tuesday that Indian forces are “reasonably and sufficiently equipped” now as procedures have been simplified and powers have been decentralised.

Updated:Tuesday, July 25, 2017, 23:39

Armed forces sufficiently equipped, says Defence Minister Arun Jaitley in ParliamentNew Delhi, July 26, 2017: Days after a report of the Comptroller and Auditor General (CAG) said that the Army faces a shortfall in 40 per cent types of ammunition to fight a 10-day war, Defence Minister Arun Jaitley told Parliament Tuesday that Indian forces are “reasonably and sufficiently equipped” now as procedures have been simplified and powers have been decentralised.

His response in Rajya Sabha came after Samajwadi Party’s Ram Gopal Yadav sought the government’s response on the CAG report.

He said there is tension on the border and according to the CAG report, the Army’s arms and ammunition stock will last for only ten days in the event of a war. He sought an answer from the government on how the stock has depleted so much.

In response, the Defence Minister said “a particular” CAG report was given in 2013 and a follow-up report was “submitted recently”. “The report has the reference in relation to a particular point of time. Substantially, thereafter, significant progress has been made…Thereafter, procedures have been simplified, powers have been decentralised and the armed forces are reasonably and sufficiently equipped. Let me assure this House,” Jaitley said.

His response drew sharp remarks from Congress. Deputy leader of the party in the House Anand Sharma sought to know when the procedures were simplified. He said it was only ten days ago that a committee was set up and the government has now taken a decision to go for emergency ammunition purchases.

Source: Indian Express

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