Sunday, 23 July 2017

.....This is the reason of lack of ammunition with Indian Army

India's Comptroller and Auditor General (CAG) said in year 2015 that the Indian Army does not have ammunition worth more than 20 days. At the same time, in his report placed in the Parliament, the CAG said that if the war breaks, then the Indian army does not have too many guns and it can fight only for 10 days. This report, which came in the wake of tensions between Pakistan and China, weakens the position of the Indian Army on several fronts.
In its report, the CAG has blamed the Ordnance Factory Board for this lack of ammunition with Indian Army. However, many other factors are being considered for this crisis.

How such a lack of ammunition?
In this report, the CAG has said that despite the concern raised by the Central Auditor in 2015 and a high level report on defense preparedness, there was no improvement in the way the work of the war factories was worked out. In the CAG report it was said that the construction of ammunition and supply quality and quality were bad in both cases.

Large number of soldiers 

Indian Army is the third largest army in the world, which has more than 1.3 million soldiers. Due to such a large number of soldiers, it is difficult to maintain the stock of arms and ammunition. There is a problem of maintenance of ammunition in large quantities in military installations. Usually the bullets and the balls are kept well, then they remain intact for decades. But by keeping huge quantities of ammunition stored, so much quality starts spoiling and there is a problem during use.

Red Tapism a Bottleneck
In addition to the methodology of the war factories, there is a problem of making ammunition inside the country or not releasing funds from time to time to import from outside.
Defense experts say that due to the ancient practices of red tapism and bureaucracy, there has been an obstacle to defense sector over the years. According to a report, due to the same red tape, only 20 per cent of the target range was imported by the target range between 2008 and 2013.

Make in India
Along with this, the emphasis on Prime Minister Narendra Modi's Make in India initiative for obstruction of defense procurement was also considered to be a reason. Under this ambitious plan, PM Modi announced the year 2014 to reduce the import of arms and ammunition and increase its production in India.

The Prime Minister's initiative was appreciated, but in this too redfish became an obstacle. The CAG also expressed surprise in its report that procurement efforts launched by the Army headquarters in the year 2009-13 were stuck till January 2017.

Largest Weapons Importer
Here is another point to note that according to the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (CIPRI), India is the world's largest arms importer. Between 2012 and 2016, India has committed 13 per cent of the world's total imports of arms. Although strategic expert Ian Bremer recently said that India is in select countries, which spends more on infrastructure compared to defense preparedness.

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