At a time when India is caught in a major military standoff with China at Doklam, the Comptroller and Auditor General (CAG) has presented a dismal picture of the Army’s War Wastage Reserve (WWR) ammunition, especially of high calibre equipment needed to wage intense war.
The report tabled on Friday is a follow-up audit on the measures taken after the CAG’s earlier report on “Ammunition Management in Army”, tabled in 2015. This new report is an evaluation of the availability of WWR ammunition in the Army during the period 2013-14 to 2016-17 (till September 2016)
On the efforts to procure ammunition, the CAG noted that there continued to be a critical deficiency in the availability and quality of ammunition supplied by the Ordnance Factory Board (OFB) since March 2013.
About War Wastage Reserves (WWR):
War Wastage Reserves are collections of military material held in reserve in case of war. This includes bullets and other form of ammunition, as well as equipment, weapons and fuels.
In India, the norm is that WWR should last for 40 days of intense fighting, allowing time for production to be ramped up and delivered to the military.
However, as per the CAG report, the situation is bit grim in the country.
About Comptroller and Auditor General (CAG):
Article 148 of the Constitution of India provides for an independent office of the Comptroller and Auditor General of India (CAG). He is the head of the Indian Audit and Accounts Department.
The duty of the CAG is to uphold the Constitution of India and laws of Parliament in the field of financial administration. It audits all receipts and expenditure of the Government of India and the state governments, including those of bodies and authorities substantially financed by the government.
Dr. B.R. Ambedkar said that the CAG shall be the most important Officer under the Constitution of India.
The Hindu Newspaper (You can download the newspaper for free from this facebook page – UPSC Aspirants Forum)
Indian Polity by Laxmikanth