For short, swift war, Army gets special financial powers

The order allows the army to make up for deficiencies in 46 types of ammunition and 10 types of spares for weapon platforms, provided the budgetary support is available.

Written by Sushant Singh | New Delhi | Published:July 13, 2017 3:34 am
Indian army, pakistan army, pakistan military, LoC, Line of Control, cross-border firing, indian posts, indian express A proposal to include 22 types of armaments and six types of mines in the delegated financial powers to the vice chief is also expected to be approved soon. (File)

The government has given special financial powers to the Army to deal with critical deficiencies in ammunition and spares to wage a short and swift war amid tensions with China and Pakistan. Army sources told The Indian Express that the government order delegating financial powers to the vice-chief of army staff was issued last week.

The order allows the army to make up for deficiencies in 46 types of ammunition and 10 types of spares for weapon platforms, provided the budgetary support is available. This could possibly mean army contracts worth Rs 40,000 crore from revenue expenditure, but this quantum of funds is unlikely to be available within the current financial year. The funds would only make the existing equipment serviceable and provide ammunition for existing weapon platforms. Procurement of new equipment and military platforms is done from capital portion of the defence budget.

A proposal to include 22 types of armaments and six types of mines in the delegated financial powers to the vice chief is also expected to be approved soon. The government asks the army to have stocks of ammunition for 40 days of intense war fighting. But the CAG has pointed out that many critical ammunition of armoured, air defence and artillery were not sufficient to last for even 10 days of intense war fighting.

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    L bhadrapati Devi
    Jul 13, 2017 at 7:03 pm
    Such news should not be published in media. The war hysteria may have sent in the consumption and economic activities. India need to build up our strength by leap and bound without any leakage of vital information. The fear psychosis of war may have effect on down of CPI.
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      raj kishore
      Jul 13, 2017 at 6:07 pm
      INDIAN GOVT IS ASKING ARMY TO PROCURE SMALL AMMINUATIONS,22 TYPES OF WEAPON ARE TO BE REPLACED FOR WHICH40 LAKH CRORE HAS BEEN ALLOCATED TO MODERNISE THE WEAPONS FOR URGENT SMALL WAR THESE ARE REQUIRED.
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        HG KETKAR
        Jul 13, 2017 at 3:59 pm
        The decision is welcome one. But, is it necessary to be informed to general public so that the enemy country also come to know that Indian Government is getting ready. Sometimes, in democracy, these information given to public is not necessary.
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          krishna kumar
          Jul 13, 2017 at 1:44 pm
          Finally the wisdom has prevailed, may be due to situation developing on borders . Govt's decision in granting financial powers to Army is pragmatic and will cut down the delay due to many unnecessary queries being raised and causing delay in critical deficiencies in armament and ammunition.
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            Nitin Deolekar
            Jul 13, 2017 at 1:57 pm
            नेहरू ऐवजी नेताजी प्रधानमंत्री झाले असते तर!! हिंदी-चिनी भाई भाई फसल्यावर चीनने भारतावर १९६१ मध्ये चक्क हल्ला केला!! तेंव्हा तर नेहरू सायबाचा बोबडीच वळली?? असो. थोर??गांधीने भारतात लोकशाहीचा सर्व-प्रथम निर्घृण खून केला?? १९३७-३८ मध्ये नेताजी-सुभाष बाबू गांधीच्या उमेदवाराला हरवून बहुमताने निवडून आले होते !! पण ढोंगी गांधीने अ- कार पुकारला, आणि नेताजींना राजीनामा देण्यास भाग पाडले !! तीच पद्धत पुढे दिल्लीने राज्यांच्या मुख्यमंत्रांविरुद्ध वापरली !! तरी नथुरामने गांधींना मारले हि फार मोठी चूक केली?? त्यामुळे गांधी हुतात्मा झाले आणि त्यांचे महत्व अति वाढले !! त्यांच्या गंभीर घोड-चुका कोणी लक्षात घेत नाही?? मुस्लिम-दलित यांचे अतिरेकी लांगुन-चलन हि तर फार फार मोठ्ठी चूक.. त्यामुळे समान नागरी कायदा झाला नाही? मुस्लिम महिलांवर घोर अन्याय झाला. आता तर आयसिस अतिरेकी तयार होत आहेत, या चुकांचे मूळ कारण गांधी चा वैचारिक अतिरेकी आहे?आता पुढील ७० वर्षे मुस्लिमाना १-पत्नी कायदा लावा आणि हिंदूंना २-शादी तलाक!.मदरसे-वेद-पाठशाळा बंद करा? मुस्लिम मुलींना सानिया मिर्झाकडून शाळेत टेनिस शिकवा !!
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            Dasari
            Jul 13, 2017 at 1:38 pm
            A good and timely decision by Government particularly in the face of Pak and Chinese postures. Clash between India and China is possibility over Doka La and we should defend every inch of Bhutanese territory come what may.
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              L bhadrapati Devi
              Jul 13, 2017 at 6:59 pm
              Whether the cost of war will be born by Bhutan?
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