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Centre to consider 5-year cooling-off period for military officers,says Antony

A day after a parliamentary panel asked the government to impose a five-year cooling-off period for retiring senior military officers,Defence Minister A K Antony said the government would examine the recommendation “seriously”

Written by Express News Service | New Delhi | Published: May 3, 2012 12:19:13 am

A day after a parliamentary panel asked the government to impose a five-year cooling-off period for retiring senior military officers,Defence Minister A K Antony today said the government would examine the recommendation “seriously”.

“We are facing a very difficult situation in the procurement area. Powerful countries are involved,powerful foreign vendors are involved,powerful Indian vendors are involved. Each one of them wants Indian business. If anybody loses,they can raise objections. So,we have to handle it very carefully,” he said.

Antony said the government would “request” the CBI to expedite the probe into the Tatra truck deal. He asserted that the government’s “hands are clean” and it has nothing to hide or fear.

“Every procurement of this vehicle,right from 1986 onwards,by the ministry has been as per the General Staff Qualitative Requirement (GSQR) of the Army. The government hasn’t imposed this vehicle on the Army. The requirement comes from the Army,the government does not impose it on them,” he said.

Antony also touched upon allegations of delays in acquisitions. “On the one side,we have been accused of delaying things; on the other side,we have been accused of taking action. When we take action,there will be some delay. On that account,we have been accused,” he said.

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