Defence Minister Arun Jaitley on Tuesday told the Rajya Sabha that the armed forces were “reasonably and sufficiently equipped” to defend the “sovereignty of the country”, amid concerns raised by parliamentarians regarding a CAG report that the Army had critical shortage of ammunition.
Mr. Jaitley’s response came after opposition members raised the issue of defence preparedness in the wake of a CAG report tabled in the Parliament recently and called the previous Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar a “non-performer”.
The CAG stated that the Army faces a shortfall of 40% ammunition and only 61 out of 152 types of ammunition were available. The Army is supposed to hold stocks of ammunition for 40 days of an intense war.
Mr. Jaitley clarified that the CAG report had reference to the shortage of ammunition in relation to a point of time.
The Opposition, however, wasn’t satisfied with the reply and posed tough questions.
About the CAG report:
For complete details, read this: MAJOR DEFICIENCIES IN ARMY’S AMMUNITION RESERVES
CAG, in its report, presented a dismal picture of the Army’s War Wastage Reserve (WWR) ammunition, especially of high caliber equipment needed to wage intense war.
The report tabled on Friday is an evaluation of the availability of WWR ammunition in the Army during the period 2013-14 to 2016-17 (till September 2016).
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