Admiral Harry Harris Jr, Commander Pacific Fleet calls on Admiral Rk Dhowan, Chief of the Naval Staff



Admiral Harry Harris Jr, Commander Pacific Fleet calls on Admiral Rk Dhowan, Chief of the Naval Staff

            Admiral Harry Harris, Commander Pacific Fleet, called on Admiral RK Dhowan, Chief of the Naval Staff today at South Block, New Delhi. During the meeting, discussions were held on the conduct of the USN-IN bi-lateral exercise Malabar 2015 and other forms of bi-lateral cooperation. Enhancement of training exchanges and participation of US Navy in the prestigious International Fleet Review being organised by the Indian Navy off Visakhapatnam in Feb 2016 were also discussed.


The Commander Pacific Fleet is on a visit to India from 02 to 05 Mar 15 and is also scheduled to visit Naval Air Station, Hansa, a premier naval aviation base at Goa, besides interacting with the national Maritime Foundation and students of the National Defence College.

The Indian Navy and the US Navy cooperate with each other regularly in the fields of technical training and anti-piracy patrol and interact at various multi-lateral fora such as Western Pacific Naval Symposium (WPNS). The two navies have been engaging with each other in the bilateral exercise MALABAR since 1992. In addition, warships from both navies call at each other’s ports, which provides them excellent opportunity for professional interaction and strengthening bridges of friendship.

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Intensifying Patrolling of Coastal Areas 

Post interception of the suspect boat near IMBL off Gujarat coast on 1.1.2015, Indian Coast Guard (ICG) has maintained strong presence in the area, through regular and continuous surface patrol and aerial surveillance. Further, a three tier coastal security ring of Marine Police, Indian Coast Guard and Indian Navy is already in place. 

This information was given by Defence Minister Shri Manohar Parrikar in a written reply to Shri Ambeth Rajan in Rajya Sabha today. 

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Acquisitions of Submarines by Indian Navy 

Indian Navy has commissioned two submarines and de-commissioned five submarines in the last 15 years. Government has an approved submarine building plan for construction of submarines. However, the delivery schedule got delayed due to various reasons. 

A Core Committee has been approved in October 2014 to identify suitable Indian shipyard (private / public) for construction of submarines. 

This information was given by Defence Minister Shri Manohar Parrikar in a written reply to Shri Ranjib Biswal in Rajya Sabha today. 

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Quality of Products and Research made by DRDO 

Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) is primarily involved in design and development of strategic, complex and security sensitive systems in the fields of missiles, unmanned aerial vehicles, radars, electronic warfare systems, sonars, combat vehicles, combat aircraft, sensors, etc for the Armed Forces as per their specific Qualitative Requirements.  Systems developed are trial evaluated by the Users and productionised mostly through Ordnance Factory Board and Defence Public Sector Undertakings.  Specifications of the systems are drawn from the technical, functional and operational requirements given by the Users.  Extensive Quality Assurance / Quality Control practices are followed right from the design stage under arrangements of Director General Quality Assurance to bring out reliable products.  Systems developed are evaluated thoroughly to meet all the technical and quality requirements and demonstrated in the User Trials.  Transfer of Technology is given to production agencies with relevant documentation for smooth productionisation.  There are no quality gaps in the systems developed by DRDO and evaluated by the Services.



Some DRDO projects are lagging behind schedule.  Efforts have been made to complete these projects at the earliest to ensure that the Services get the state-of-the-art technologies, once the products are accepted by them. Details of major research / products made by DRDO during the last three years (2012-14) is given below:-



LIST OF MAJOR RESEARCH/PRODUCTS MADE BY DRDO DURING THE LAST THREE YEARS (2012-14):

            •  Aerostat Platform
·        Airborne Surveillance System
·        Anti Terrorist Vehicle
·        Arctic Gloves with Active Heating Element
·        Arjun Catapult Gun
·        Armoured Ambhibious Dozer
·        Arrester Barrier System
·        Artificial Intelligence
·        Assorted Ammunition
·        Bio-digesters
·        Bridging Systems
·        Carbon Nano Tubes
·        Carrier Command Post Tracked Vehicle
·        Commander’s TI for T-72 (Mk-II)
·        Communication Security Solutions
·        Compo-pack Foods
·        Cryptanalytical Tools
·        Cyber Security Systems
·        Data Link Technologies
·        Decision Support System
·        Digital Signal Processing
·        Divya Drishti
·        Electronic Support Measures Systems
·        Electronic Warfare Systems
·        Electro-Optical Fire Control System
·        Field Shelters for NBC
·        Fire Detection & Suppression System
·        Fire Retardant Paints
·        First Aid Kits Type A&B
·        Flight Rotary Engine
·        Food Supplements
·        Grenades
·        Handheld and Airborne Radios
·        Heavy Dropping System
·        Helmet Mounted Thermal Imaging Camera
·        Herbal anti Leucoderma and anti-Eczema Herbal Medicines
·        High Temperature Titanium Alloy
·        Hydro Gas Suspension System
·        Hyperbaric Chamber
·        Infantry Floating Foot Bridge
·        Information Security Gateway
·        Integrated Multifunction Sight
·        Landing gears for UAV
·        Landslide Information System
·        Laser Dazzler
·        Laser Warning System
·        Life Support Systems
·        Light Weight Portable Laser Target Designator
·        Low-alloy Steel
·        Main Battle Tank (MBT) Arjun (Mk-II)
·        Metal Matrix Composites
·        Mines
·        Missiles
·        Mountain Foot Bridge
·        NBC Water Purification System
·        Network Management System
·        Night Vision Gap Measuring Device
·        Onboard Oxygen Generating System
·        Operational Avalanche Forecasting
·        Parachute Systems
·        Portable Telemedicine System
·        Protective Clothing
·        Radar Warning System
·        Radars
·        Radiation Medicine
·        Recovery and Flotation Systems
·        Remotely Operated Vehicle
·        Risk & Hazard Assessment Software
·        Roentgenometer
·        Satcom Terminals
·        Sensor and Detectors
·        Shock Absorbing Materials
·        Silicon Carbide related Technologies
·        Simulator
·        Snow Cover Information System
·        Propellants
·        Sonars
·        Synthetic Life Jacket
·        Target Acquisition System
·        Three Dimensional Tactical Control Radar
·        Torpedoes
·        Underwater Paints
·        Unmanned Aerial Vehicle
·        Unmanned Ground Vehicle
·        Vacuum Investment Casting Technology
·        War Game Software
·        Water Testing Kit


DRDO develops products systems to meet the Qualitative Requirements given by the Services, which are extensively trial evaluated on set parameters before acceptance by the Services.



This information was given by Defence Minister Shri Manohar Parrikar in a written reply to Shri Sanjay Raut in Rajya Sabha today.


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Appointment of Agents in Defence Deals 

Defence Procurement Procedure (DPP) provides for direct dealing with the Original Equipment Manufacturers (OEMs) or Authorised Vendors or Government Sponsored Export Agencies (applicable in case of countries where domestic laws do not permit direct export by OEMs). It also provides that vendor is required to give full details of any agents / technical consultants / authorised vendors that may have been appointed by them for marketing of this equipment in India. These details should include the scope of work and responsibilities that have been entrusted with the said party in India. DPP further provides for review of the procurement procedure after every two years. Besides, amendments are also issued from time to time as required. 

This information was given by Defence Minister Shri Manohar Parrikar in a written reply to Shri Lal Sinh Vadodia and Dr. KP Ramalingam in Rajya Sabha today. 


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Participation of Finmeccanica in Defence Expo 

M/s Finmeccanica participated in Aero India-2015 exhibition held during 18-22 February, 2015 at Air Force Station, Yelahanka, Bengaluru. 

Aero India is a premier international exhibition in Asian region which provides a platform to all global and Indian companies to display their products and latest technologies. Also the show is not India centric and provides an opportunity to various nations / companies to enter into business relations with each other. 

This information was given by Minister of State for Defence Rao Inderjit Singh in a written reply to Shri Neeraj Shekhar and Shri Arvind Kumar Singh in Rajya Sabha today. 

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Procurement of Stealth Fighter Aircraft 

No agreement has been signed with any country for the procurement / purchase of fighter aircraft. 

There has not been any deal struck with any country for procurement of fighter aircraft equipped with stealth technology. However, an Inter-Governmental Agreement has been signed with Russian Federation for design, development, production etc. of a Prospective Multi Role Fighter Aircraft. 

This information was given by Defence Minister Shri Manohar Parrikar in a written reply to Shri KC Tyagi and Smt Ambika Soni in Rajya Sabha today. 


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Restructure of BRO 

Government of India (Allocation of Business rules 1961) has been amended vide notification dated 9th January 2015 to include all matters relating to Border Roads Development Board and Border Roads Organisation (BRO)’ in the list of business allocated to Ministry of defence. This will improve the operational efficiency of BRO and achieve clarity and unity of command. 

Coordination with other Ministries is under taken regularly by Ministry of Defence to expedite the connectivity works in border areas. 

This information was given by Defence Minister Shri Manohar Parrikar in a written reply to Shri Rangasayee Ramakrishna in Rajya Sabha today. 


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Recruitment of Women in Armed Forces 

Women are inducted as Short Service Commissioned Officers (SSCOs) in specified branches in the Services in terms of Government policy letter No.671/2009-D(AG), dated 11th November, 2011. Further, Women SSCOs are eligible for grant of Permanent Commission in specific branches in the three Services viz. Judge Advocate General (JAG) and Army Education Corps of Army and their corresponding branches in Navy and Air Force; Naval constructor in Navy and Accounts, Technical, Administration, Logistic and Meteorology branches in Air Force. 

Review of recruitment policies including greater role for women in defence is a continuous and ongoing process. 

This information was given by Defence Minister Shri Manohar Parrikar in a written reply to Shri Avinash Pande in Rajya Sabha today. 


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Rehabilitation of Ex-Servicemen 

The Directorate General of Resettlement (DGR), an Attached Office of the Department of Ex-Servicemen Welfare, Ministry of Defence, is responsible for rehabilitation of retired defence personnel in the country including in the State of Himachal Pradesh. DGR implements certain schemes /resettlement opportunities for retired defence personnel viz. Security Agency scheme, management of CNG stations in NCR, allotment of Bharat Petroleum Corporation Ltd., / Indian Oil Corporation Ltd. (Company Owned Company Operated) outlets, Coal Loading and Transportation scheme, Mother Dairy/Gopaljee outlets, etc. 

Reservation ranging from 10% to 24.5% of the available vacancies in Group C&D posts in Central Government and Central public Sector Undertakings/ Banks has been provided for the willing and eligible Ex-servicemen (ESM). 10% vacancies are reserved in the posts up the level of Assistant Commandants in Para-military forces. Moreover, age relaxation is available for the ESM in services or Posts filled by direct recruitment. ESM Officers are sponsored by DG Resettlement for jobs, based on requisitions received from Government/PSUs and Corporates. 

In addition to this, Army Welfare Placement Organization and similar placement cells in Air Force help ESM in finding suitable jobs in Banks, Industries, corporate Houses, Academic Institutions, Hospitals, Hotels and Real Estate, etc. 

Professional and vocational training to retiring officers, Junior Commissioned Officers & Other Ranks is imparted by DGR through various training institutes for rehabilitation and resettlement of ESM in civil life. 

.......2/- : 2 : Most State Governments also provide reservation to ESM in State Government jobs as per their own reservation policy which varies from State to State. Himachal Pradesh Government has provided 15% reservation to Ex-servicemen in Class I to Class IV posts in all services of the State Government including Public Sector Undertakings/Corporations and Autonomous Bodies. Posts like Sub-Inspector, Constable, Water Carrier, Dhobi, Cook, Sweeper and Barber reserved for Ex-servicemen are being requisitioned by the Police Department of Himachal Pradesh and the same are being filled up from the Ex-servicemen. Instructions to the concerned employer/department for filling up posts reserved for Ex-servicemen through Ex-servicemen Employment Cell are already in place. 

The total number of ex-servicemen rehabilitated in Himachal Pradesh during the last three years and current year is 1187. 

This information was given by Minister of State for Defence Rao Inderjit Singh in a written reply to Smt Viplove Thakur in Rajya Sabha today. 


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Induction of LCA Tejas 

Light Combat Aircraft (LCA) Tejas has completed Initial Operational Clearance (IOC) on 20th December 2013 and the first Series Production Aircraft has been handed over to Chief of Air Staff by Raksha Mantri on 17th January 2015. 

The aircraft performance trials, for operational clearance, involves cold weather and hot weather evaluation. Aircraft has successfully completed hot weather trials at an ambience of 45-47 degree Celsius and cold weather trials at an ambience of -15 degree Celsius. 

The Government has sanctioned Rs. 2188.00 crore for Full Scale Engineering Development (FSED) – Phase-I Programme to design and develop two Technology Demonstrators (TDs), and Rs. 5777.56 crore for Full Scale Engineering Development (FSED) – Phase-II Programme. The objectives of Phase-II are fabrication of three Prototypes Vehicles (PVs), establishment of production facility at HAL for production of eight aircraft per year and manufacturing and delivery of eight Limited Series Production (LSP) aircraft. 

This information was given by Defence Minister Shri Manohar Parrikar in a written reply to Smt Sasikala Pushpa in Rajya Sabha today. 


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Collision of Merchant Vessel with INS Cora 

INS Kora, on passage from Visakhapatnam to Port Blair scraped Merchant Vessel Madeleine Rickmers at about 0353 hours on 31st October, 2014 approximately 300 nautical miles off the Coast of Visakhapatnam. Minor damage to the ship’s side was reported. The ship is presently fully seaworthy. 

The Board of Inquiry proceedings to investigate the circumstances leading to the accident is under examination at Naval Headquarters. 

Lessons learnt from the reports of Board’s of Inquiry (BoI) are implemented appropriately. Corrective steps have been taken by Naval Headquarters with extensive checks on weapon related safety systems and audit of Standard Operating Procedures on all operational naval units. Safety procedures and professional checks are re-emphasized. Incidents Study and Analysis Cells have been instituted at professional schools wherein lessons learnt are incorporated into professional training. Safety Audits of various units are regularly conducted. 

This information was given by Defence Minister Shri Manohar Parrikar in a written reply to Dr. Chandan Mitra in Rajya Sabha today. 


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Stress on Investment Route in Defence Cooperation Agreements 

The Government revised the FDI Policy in defence sector in August 2014 thereby raised the FDI limit from earlier 26% to 49% through Government route and above 49% with the approval of Cabinet Committee on Security (CCS) on case to case basis, wherever it is likely to result in access to modern and ‘state-of-the-art’ technology in the country. Since the policy has been revised only last year, no assessment of its impact has been made on increasing the share of domestic content in defence procurement. 

The defence cooperation agreements with various countries include the cooperation in the areas of defence equipment, technology and Research and Development (R&D). 

This information was given by Minister of state for Defence Shri Rao Inderjit Singh in a written reply to Shri Rangasayee Ramakrishna in Rajya Sabha today. 

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Condition of Border Roads at Indo-China Border 

There is large number of passes along the border and some are located in inaccessible areas.  Border Road Organization (BRO) is entrusted with works on the following passes on the Indo-China Border:-



(i)                 Nathula Pass in Sikkim
(ii)               Mana Pass in Uttarakhand
(iii)             Niti Pass in Uttarakhand
(iv)              Lipulekh Pass in Uttarakhand
(v)                Shipkila Pass in Himachal Pradesh.


73 roads are identified as strategic Indo-China border roads (ICBR), out of which 61 roads have been entrusted to Border Roads Organisation (BRO) with a length of 3410 km.  Out of 61 ICBRs with BRO, 19 roads of length 625 km have been completed and connectivity has been achieved on 24 roads.



Army has taken cognizance of the development of infrastructure by China along the India-China Border and consequently upgradation and development of infrastructure along the Northern Borders of the Country to meet the defence forces requirement is planned out in a holistic and comprehensive manner. There are certain delays in execution of road projects mainly due to the following reasons:



·         Delay in Forest/ Wildlife clearance.
·         Hard rock stretches.
·         Limited working season.
·         Difficulties in availability of construction material.
·         Due to natural disaster such as flash flood of Leh in 2010, J&K flood in 2014 and earthquake in Sikkim in 2011, resources are diverted.
·         Delay in land acquisition.






Government has taken following measures to expedite the pace of road projects:

           

·         Chief Secretaries of various State Governments have been requested to constitute Empowered Committees under their chairmanship with Secretaries of concerned departments as members to resolve issues related to land acquisition, forest/ wildlife clearance, allotment of quarries etc.

·         Ministry of Environment &   Forest (MoEF) has given the General Approval under section 2 of forest (conservation) Act, 1980 for diversion of forest land required for construction /widening of roads entrusted to BRO in the area falling within 100 kilometers aerial distance from the Line of Actual Control (LAC) and for link roads between Border Roads in the area within 100 kilometer aerial distance from the  Line of Actual Control (LAC) and National Highways/State Highways/Other roads subject to certain conditions. 

·         Outsourcing has been allowed to    augment capacity of BRO.

·         Long Term Roll On Work Plan (LTROWP) and Long Term Equipment Plan (LTEP) have been approved.

·         Enhanced financial and administrative powers have been given to the executives of BRO.



This information was given by Defence Minister Shri Manohar Parrikar in a written reply to Shri AU Singh Deo in Rajya Sabha today.

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Poor Conditions of Border Roads in Himachal Pradesh 

The roads under construction / improvement in Himachal Pradesh by Border Road Organisation (BRO) are mentioned below:



·        Manali-Sarchu.

·        Sansari-Killar-Thirot-Tandi.

·        Darcha-Shinkla.

·        Pouri-Pooh.

·        Pooh-Kaurik.

·        Sugar point-Pong.

·        Sugar Point-Lepcha.

·        Khab-Namgia-Chuppan.

·        Chuppan-Shipkila.

·        Dhami-Kingol.



Roads are constructed by BRO as per laid down specification.  Due to the difficult terrain (mountainous, high altitude and slide prone areas), natural calamities and ongoing construction activities / widening works etc, roads get damaged and the riding quality gets affected.  Inspection of works on roads is carried out regularly by executives at Project and Task Force level and the damaged roads are repaired regularly.



Government has taken following measures to expedite the pace of road projects:



·        Chief Secretaries of various State Governments have been requested to constitute Empowered Committees under their chairmanship with Secretaries of concerned departments as members to resolve issues related to land acquisition, forest / wildlife clearance, allotment of quarries etc.



·        Ministry of Environment & Forest (MoEF) has given the General Approval under section 2 of forest (conservation) Act, 1980 for diversion of forest land required for construction / widening of roads entrusted to BRO in the area falling within 100 kilometers aerial distance from the Line of Actual Control (LAC) and for link roads between Border Roads in the area within 100 kilometer aerial distance from the Line of Actual Control (LAC) and National Highways / State Highways / Other roads subject to certain conditions.



·        Outsourcing has been allowed to augment capacity of BRO.



·        Long Term Roll On Work Plan (LTROWP) and Long Term Equipment Plan (LTEP) have been approved.



·        Enhanced financial and administrative powers have been given to the executives of BRO.





This information was given by Defence Minister Shri Manohar Parrikar in a written reply to Smt Viplove Thakur in Rajya Sabha today.

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Defence Procurement Deals Under Investigation 

CBI has registered four Regular Cases and three Preliminary Enquiry cases pertaining to defence procurement. Enforcement Directorate has registered one case for investigation. 

The capital procurement of defence weapons / equipment is carried out as per the provisions of Defence Procurement Procedure – 2013 (DPP-2013) which contains provisions including the signing of Pre-Contract Integrity Pact (PCIP), Standard Clauses in the contract and submission of c) by the vendor with an aim to ensure highest degree of probity and public accountability, transparency in operations, free competition and impartiality. As required, Defence Procurement Procedure is amended from time to time. 

This information was given by Defence Minister Shri Manohar Parrikar in a written reply to Shri Vishambhar Prasad Nishad in Rajya Sabha today. 

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Defence Organisation Under the Purview of RTI 

Right to Information Act, 2005 is applicable to any authority or body or institution of self-government established or constituted by or under the Constitution of India; by any other law made by Parliament; by any other law made by State Legislature; by notification issued or order made by the appropriate Government and includes (i) anybody owned, controlled or substantially financed; (ii) non-Government Organization substantially financed, directly or indirectly by funds provided by the appropriate Government. Further, no provisions of the RTI Act shall apply to the intelligence and security organizations specified in the second schedule of the Act, being organizations established by the Central Government or any information furnished by such organizations to that Government provided that the information pertaining to the allegations of corruptions and human rights violations shall not be excluded. Two organizations of the Ministry of Defence namely, Defence Research and Development Organization (DRDO) and Border Roads Development Board (BRDB) are placed in the second schedule of the RTI Act, 2005. 

As per available information, no notice of Supreme Court regarding applicability of RTI Act on Defence organizations has been received. 

This information was given by Defence Minister Shri Manohar Parrikar in a written reply to Dr. Pradeep Kumar Balmuchu in Rajya Sabha today. 


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