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Army Vice-Chief can make emergency buys

New Delhi, July 13, 2017: To address critical shortages in defence preparedness, the government has given the Vice-Chief of Army Staff full financial powers for emergency procurement of critical spares and ammunition in specified areas.

Updated:Wednesday, July 12, 2017, 23:58

Army Vice-Chief can make emergency buysNew Delhi, July 13, 2017: To address critical shortages in defence preparedness, the government has given the Vice-Chief of Army Staff full financial powers for emergency procurement of critical spares and ammunition in specified areas.

“After the Uri attack in September last year, there was a review which found critical deficiencies in preparedness to fight a short, intense war of 15 days. Emergency powers were given to the Vice-Chief to handle critical deficiencies in 46 types of ammunition and certain spares for 10 types of weapon platforms. There is no restriction on the amount,” a senior Army officer said on Wednesday.

The emergency powers were initially given for a three-month period up to December and was further extended up to end of March.

During this period ending March, 19 contracts worth ₹12,000 crore were signed, of which 11 were for ammunition alone.

The government also realised that there should be self-sufficiency for the services in emergency purchases and cannot be on an ad-hoc basis, said the officer. “Now, they have delegated these powers to use whenever required.”

Another officer explained that as the procurement was under the revenue stream and for in-service equipment, there was no need to go through the Defence Acquisition Council (DAC).

This would ensure there were no time delays typically encountered in capital procurements.

Source: The Hindu

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