Civilians Working in Defence Sector



Civilians Working in Defence Sector 

Details of benefits provided to the civilians working in the Defence sector are annexed.

From time to time Defence Civilian employees have been raising the demands that they should be granted Field Area allowance and Modified Field Area allowance as applicable to the Service Personnel and for providing other allowances like Aeronautical Technical Allowance, Airworthiness Certificate Allowance, Flight Charge Certificate Allowance etc. at par with technical defence personnel.  It has not been found feasible to accept these demands as the job requirements and service conditions of Service Personnel and Defence Civilian employees are totally different.



In addition to pay and allowances, civilians working in the Defence Establishments located in Field Areas / Modified Field Areas are granted the concessions / allowances as under:


(I) Field Service Concessions in Field Areas (except static units):

    (a) Free rations on scale applicable to combatants of the Army or Air Force, as the case may be, and fuel.

    (b) Free tented / basha accommodation and connected service to the extent possible.

    (c) Free clothing on minimum scale of Army Personnel if the Corps Commander / AOC-in-C Air Force Command considers the issue of such clothing essential for operational reasons.

    (d) Free remittance of family allotments.

    (e) Free medical treatment and hospital treatment.

    (f) Wound / injury or family pension or gratuity revised from time to time, as the case may be, or compensation under the Workmen’s Compensation Act where applicable.

    (g) 2 postage free Forces letters per individual per week.

    (h) Remittance within Indian limits of money orders and Indian Postal orders free of Commission upto maximum value of Rs.30/- per month per individual.

    (i) Retention of family accommodation allotted by Government at the old duty station on payment of normal rent.  If the accommodation retained is required to be allotted to another entitled personnel for exigencies of service, the families may be shifted to an alternative accommodation whether appropriate or inferior to the status of the individual concerned.

(II) Field Service Concessions in Modified Field Areas (except static units):

    (a) Free remittance of family allotments.

    (b) 2 postage free Forces letters per individual per week.

    (c) Remittance within Indian limits of money orders and Indian Postal Orders free of Commission upto maximum value of Rs.30/- per month per individual.

    (d) Retention of family accommodation allotted by Government at the old duty station on payment of normal rent.  If the accommodation retained is required to be allotted to another entitled personnel for exigencies of service, the families may be shifted to an alternative accommodation whether appropriate or inferior to the status of the individual concerned.

(III) Special Duty Allowance in the North Eastern Region.

(IV) Remote Locality Allowance with certain restrictions.

(V) House Rent Allowance in Field Areas in certain conditions.

(VI) House Rent Allowance in Modified Field Areas in certain conditions.
Defence Civilian employees are also provided Canteen Stores Department (CSD) facilities.

This information was given by Defence Minister Shri Manohar Parrikar in a written reply to Dr. Ratna De (Nag) in Lok Sabha today.

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Advanced Jet Trainer 

Three contracts have been signed for the procurement of Hawk Mk-132 Advanced Jet Trainers (AJT). Indian Air Force is also pursuing a scheme for procuring additional Hawk Mk-132 aircraft from Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL). The scheme is presently at the Technical Evaluation stage. 

There were certain delays in the execution of the first two contracts and liquidated Damages were recovered as per the terms of the respective contracts. The current contract is operating as per schedule. 

This information was given by Defence Minister Shri Manohar Parrikar in a written reply to Shri Vincent H. Pala in Lok Sabha today. 
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Attack on Fishermen 

The total length of the maritime border adjoining the State of Tamil Nadu (TN) is 1100 Kms (approximately).



From time to time, there are reports of incidents of attack on Indian fishermen, allegedly by the Sri Lankan Navy.  Government attaches the highest importance to the safety, security and welfare of Indian fishermen.  Whenever any such incidents of attack and consequent detention of our fishermen by the Sri Lankan authorities are reported, Government through diplomatic channels immediately takes up the matter with the Government of Sri Lanka to ensure that the Sri Lankan authorities act with restraint and our fishermen are treated in a humane and pragmatic manner and are released expeditiously.  Government is steadfastly working, in close cooperation, with the relevant stakeholders in finding a long term solution to this issue.  Meanwhile, Government continues to remain engaged with the Government of Sri Lanka so as to ensure that fishermen on both sides can continue to pursue their livelihood in a safe, secure and sustainable manner.  The details of Indian fishermen who have been detained and released by Sri Lanka on charges of alleged fishery related violations during the last three years are given below:

2012
2013
2014
(as on 15.12.2014)

Detained 197
(all released)
Detained 676
(all released)
Detained 787
(706 released)


Further, Indian Coast Guard provides assistance to Indian fishermen at sea while they are in distress through regular patrolling.  It also conducts Community Interaction Programmes to educate fishermen among other issues, on the perils of cross border fishing.  For better accessibility, the Coast Guard has provided a toll free telephone number 1554 for search and rescue assistance to fishermen at sea.  Under operation ‘Tasha’, Indian Navy and Coast Guard ships are deployed continuously (24x7) in Palk Bay area to prevent any illegal activities and also to protect the Indian fishermen from any attacks, while they are fishing in Indian waters.



This information was given by Defence Minister Shri Manohar Parrikar in a written reply to Shri K. Parasuraman in Lok Sabha today.

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Modernization Projects of Army 

Modernisation of the Indian Army is a continuous process based on threat perception, operational challenges, technological changes and available sources. The process is based on a 15 Year Long Term Integrated Perspective Plan (LTIPP), Five Year Services Capital Acquisition Plan (SCAP) and an Annual Acquisition Plan (AAP). Procurement of equipment and weapon systems is carried out as per the AAP. 

Government constantly reviews the security scenario and accordingly decides to induct appropriate defence equipment to keep the armed forces in a state of readiness and remaining equipped with modern weapon systems. 

All the capital procurements are guided by Defence Procurement Procedures and the time lines given therein. 

This information was given by Defence Minister Shri Manohar Parrikar in a written reply to Shri Innocent in Lok Sabha today. 
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Procurement in Defence Sector 

The Defence Procurement Procedure (DPP) 2013 mandates higher preference to the ‘Buy (Indian)’, ‘Buy & Make (Indian)’ and ‘Make’ categorisations in Capital Procurement. Consequently, all cases are processed under DPP-2013 as per the above hierarchy of preference to give the desired boost to indigenous defence industry and enhance domestic procurement. 

There has been a thrust on indigenous manufacture of defence equipment through the collaborative efforts of Defence Research & Development Organisation (DRDO), Defence Public Sector Undertakings, Ordnance Factory Board and the Indian Private Sector. 

The upgradation of facilities at the National Defence Academy is an ongoing process. Approval has been accorded for the construction of Fifth Battalion along with all its ancillaries, 16th Squadron, Porta Cabins, etc. 

This information was given by Defence Minister Shri Manohar Parrikar in a written reply to Shri Ram Charitra Nishad in Lok Sabha today. 
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Science Audit of DRDO 

The proportion of expenditure in respect of orders placed on foreign vendors to the total expenditure on defence equipment for Capital Acquisition in respect of all the three Services during the Financial Year 2013-14 was 42.70%.



Infrastructure and facilities have been created to test and evaluate systems / technologies developed by DRDO laboratories.  These facilities and associated equipment are upgraded regularly.  The following are some of the major test facilities being created in DRDO to boost R&D and indigenous production of defence technology:



Aeronautical Test Range.

Augmentation of Environmental Test Facility for Warheads and Electronic System.

Electronic Warfare (EW) Test Range.

Hypersonic Wind Tunnel.

Instrumented and Mechanised Drop Test Facility.

MEMS Packaging Facility.

National Open Air Range.

Optical Fabrication Facility.

Sea Keeping and Manoeuvring Facility.

Optical Coatings Facility.

Terrain Visualization and Simulation Facility.

Thin Film Coating Facility.

DRDO – Flying Test Bed.

During the past, DRDO has been audited / reviewed by Rama Rao Committee headed by Prof. P. Rama Rao and Economic Audit conducted through National Council for Applied Economic Research (NCAER).  Performance Audit of DRDO laboratories / establishments are carried out regularly by audit authorities on case-to-case basis.



Three tier management and monitoring mechanism has been adopted for ongoing DRDO projects.  In case of mega programmes, inter-ministerial Apex Board has been constituted to manage and monitoring them.  DRDO has Apex Management Board, Executive Board, Project Monitoring and Review Committee (PMRC), and Project Review Committee to monitor and review ongoing projects.  These Boards and Committees are represented by the developers, users, production agencies, inspection agencies, financial authorities, senior scientists from other scientific organizations, etc. and they review and monitor projects periodically.



For all major programmes, there are multi-tier “Programme Management Boards”, having representation from the Services, DRDO Laboratories and in some cases from academic institutions and other national research laboratories.  These Boards periodically monitor and review the programmes and help in early detection of bottlenecks and suggest mid-course corrective actions, as deemed appropriate.  VCOAS reviews Staff Projects for Army, twice a year.  DCAS is a member of the Engine Development Board; VCOAS, VCNS and DCAS are members of Missile Development Board.  LCA Programme is being closely monitored and reviewed by the Governing Body and General Body of ADA.  CAS and CNS are members of General Body of ADA.  Similarly, major naval programmes are reviewed by senior naval officers like, VCNS and COM.



DRDO Management Council (DMC) monitors and reviews performance of laboratories / establishments on every alternate Tuesday to improve functioning of DRDO.  Various review mechanisms have been instituted to review all ongoing projects at HQrs level, Technology Cluster level and Laboratory level.



This information was given by Defence Minister Shri Manohar Parrikar in a written reply to Shrimati Meenakshi Lekhi in Lok Sabha today.
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