MoU Between Indian Army and Bank of India




MoU Between Indian Army and Bank of India



          On 08th May 2015, an MoU was signed between the Indian Army and Bank of India (BOI) on the Defence Salary Package.  The signing ceremony was chaired by the Adjutant General, Lt Gen Rakesh Sharma, and was attended by senior  dignitaries of BOI headed by Mr Arun Shrivastava, Executive Director.


The first MoU between BOI and the Indian Army was signed in 2011 and was valid for a period of three years.  The revised MoU is tailor made to suit the requirements of serving soldiers, pensioners and families. Number of additional facilities have been incorporated in the revised MoU after concerted efforts.  Army is hoping that this MoU will benefit a large number of serving and retired Army personnel who are having their accounts with BOI; and also provide them an opportunity to access modern banking facilities.

          The basic features of the MoU are the same as before.  It includes the standard bundle of free / concessional services including free drafts, free cheque books, free funds transfers to any bank in India through   RTGS / NEFT, free ATM cards etc.

          Some features which have been improved from the previous MoU are that the Personal Accident Insurance (PAI) cover has been extended upto Rs 10 lacs from Rs 5 lacs including air insurance, Home Loan Insurance on Army Welfare housing Organisation (AWHO) for deaths on account of war/external aggression/ terrorist attack up to Rs 50 lacs.  Two major additions are the applicability of PAI and overdraft facility to pensioners and waiver of merchant service fee (MSF) for transaction on BOI POS Terminal installed at CSD Canteens for BOI Card holders. The MoU also has a provision for yearly review of specific features and requests.

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Operation Maitri by Army(Update as at 5 PM on 08 May)

The Indian Army continues to provide aid to affected population and areas in close coordination and cooperation with the Nepal Army.

Following stores have been/ are being inducted by the Army :-

(a) The ALHs have been replaced and continue to be employed for rescue efforts in Pokhra and adjoining areas. They have conducted eight sorties in the last two days and evacuated one person and moved 16 others apart from delivering 3 tons of relief material to inaccessible areas.

(b) The Indian Army Field Hospitals and the medical teams treated 443 patients in the last two days.

(c) The ETFs have cleared 430 cubic meter of debris along with debris of 12 damaged houses in Bakhtapur & Chitrapur. As of today the task force at Barpak has cleared 4,000 meter of track between Barpak to Baluwa via Mandhra and another 245 meter between Barpak Balua and Bakhpur. Another 60 meter was cleared in Suryamodi and 30 meter at Bhaktapur. The ETF is also providing assistance along with the local population in repairing houses and helped construct 14 shelters as of date to bring respite to the locals from the anomalies of weather. The Engineer teams helped in controlled demolition of two houses in the last two days to avert risk to civilians from damaged buildings prone to collapsing. The teams are also extending help to the villagers in recovery of their household goods from their damaged houses.

(d) An IL 76 aircraft was sent to Nepal with 25.5 tons of relief material to include tarpaulin, tents, blankets & food items on 07 May. One C-17 carrying tarpaulin, 175 tents, 500 blankets, 0.5 tons medicine, 9.5 tons food items and ALH blades was sent to Kathmandu from Palam at 2213 h yesterday. Today one C17 with 50 tones of Tarpaulin, Blankets and food is being planned to be sent to Kathmandu, in coordination with MEA and NDMA.

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Demands of Armed Forces Veterans

Several representations are received from Armed Forces Veterans relating to various issues such as pension fixation / One Rank One Pension, disbursal, rehabilitation, re-employment, effective implementation of Ex-Servicemen Contributory Health Scheme, financial assistance, grant of benefits to ESM / families by State Governments such as land / houses / flat, compensation, ex-gratia, etc. which are replied to / disposed off in accordance with the existing Government policies / Rules.

This information was given by Minister of State for Defence Rao Inderjit Singh in a written reply to Shri Anto Antony in Lok Sabha today.

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Lease of Defence Land for Social Purpose

As per available information, 10 proposals pertaining to 5 states, seeking Defence land for social purposes are at hand. No Defence land has, however, been given to any social organization or state government for any social purpose in the last three years.

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

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Manufacturing by Airbus

Airbus has informed that the group is ready to invest in India, to produce in India and to source from India, thereby contributing to the Make in India policy. There is no agreement between the Government and the Airbus on this. The details regarding employment opportunities likely to be created and the involvement of Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises (MSMEs) are not available, presently.

This information was given by Minister of State for Defence Rao Inderjit Singh in a written reply to Shri Jayadev Galla in Lok Sabha today.

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Package for SSC

Government has taken several measures to make Short Service Commission (SSC) attractive. These include extending time based promotion to the substantive rank of Captain, Major and Lieutenant Colonel after 2, 6 and 13 years of reckonable service respectively to SSC Officers, increase in tenure of SSC officers from 10 years to 14 years, and implementation of recommendations of the VI Central Pay Commission with substantial improvement in the pay structure and other allowances of officers of Armed Forces.

Additional proposals for making SSC more attractive have been taken up for inter-departmental consultations.

This information was given by Defence Minister Shri Manohar Parrikar in a written reply to Kunwar Haribansh Singh and others in Lok Sabha today.

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Immediate Support Vessels

20 Immediate Support Vessels (ISVs) of the 23 ISVs planned have been commissioned in batches from January 2014 to March 2015 at Mumbai and Vishakhapatnam to patrol the off-shore development areas off the west and east coast respectively. The ISVs have been procured by M/s ONGC and transferred to Indian Navy. As these ISVs have been purchased by ONGC, no funds have been spent by Indian Navy.

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

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Protection of Fertile Land in Border Areas

No complaint appears to have been received regarding destruction of crops and plantation by the Indian Army in the border areas of the country particularly Sino-Indian border.

However, this year on 23rd February, during destruction of unserviceable ammunition a fire broke out in general area Taksing, Arunachal Pradesh. The Army carried out reconnaissance of the area and it was ascertained that no damage to life, property and crops occurred.

Indian Army Formations / Units have standing instructions not to damage any crop or plantation while conducting their activities.

This information was given by Defence Minister Shri Manohar Parrikar in a written reply to Shri Venkatesh Babu T.G in Lok Sabha today.

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Sail Training Ship (STS) Tarangini sails off for Tall Ship Race in Europe

INS Tarangini, the Sail Training Ship of Indian Navy, has commenced an eight month voyage to participate in the annual Tall Ship Races and other events at Europe, organised under the aegis of Sail Training International. During these eight months (04 May – 03 Dec 15), the ship will travel approximately 17,000 miles under sails.

“Tall ship” is a term often used generically to describe large, classic sailing vessels. The first tall ship event was organised in 1956, where the foundation of Sail Training International was mooted.

The crew of the ship will undertake this arduous voyage through the Red Sea, the Mediterranean Sea and the North Sea. The ship has an illustrious history when it comes to long voyages and was the first Indian Naval Ship to circumnavigate the Globe in 2003-04. Since then, she has sailed to ‘The Great Lakes’ in Canada for races and has also participated in the European Tall Ship Races. Tarangini won The Royal Thames Yacht Club Challenge Trophy in 2005 at Europe and stood third in Youth Sailing Division in 2007 at USA.

Apart from these races, the ship sails extensively across the Indian Ocean region for the purpose of providing sail training experience to the Officer Cadets of the Navy. The Indian Navy believes that training onboard these ships is the best method of instilling among the trainees the indefinable ‘sea-sense’ and respect for elements of nature, which are inseparable from safe and successful seafaring. Sail training also serves to impart the time-tested values of courage, camaraderie, endurance and esprit-de-corps among the budding naval officers.

This year’s Tall Ship Races will be conducted primarily off the coast of United Kingdom, Norway, Denmark, Germany and the Netherlands. This year Tarangini will participate in the Tall Ship Race from Kristiansand (Norway) to Aalborg (Denmark). She will also participate in associated sail events such as Sail Rostock, Sail Bremerhaven in Germany and Sail Amsterdam in Netherland. About 300 sail ships of various sizes from all over the world are expected to participate in this year’s events.

The ship’s voyage to 17 ports in 14 countries will showcase India to the world and demonstrate the Indian Navy’s global reach. The theme for the voyage, codenamed LOKAYAN -15, has thus been chosen as “Tacking for a Broader Reach”.


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Modernisation of DRDO

Modernisation of Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) is a continuous process.

One of the major recommendations of Kelkar Committee report was to review the functioning of DRDO.  Accordingly, a Committee headed by Dr. P. Rama Rao was constituted by the Government for reviewing the functioning of DRDO.

The Committee submitted its report to the Government.  After examination, the Government has implemented the following recommendations of the Committee:


Nomination of Nodal Officers for   structured interaction between DRDO and Services.



Introduction of Integrated Financial Advice (IFA) Scheme for financial decentralization.



Appointment of a dedicated Chief Controller for Human Resources (HR).

·     Creation of Seven Technology Domain based Clusters headed by Director’s General, Restructuring of DRDO HQrs, Creation of Directorate of Systems Analysis and Modelling (SAM) and Directorate of Quality, Reliability and Safety (QR&S).

·     Efforts have also been made to increase budget for Extramural Research as recommended by the Committee.
Further, a note has been initiated by DRDO for approval of the Cabinet for:

·     Creation of empowered Defence Technology Commission (DTC).

·     Creation of a Commercial Arm of DRDO.

·     Renaming of Director General, DRDO as Chairman, DRDO.

·     Full scale implementation of IFA scheme and creation of posts thereto.

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

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Fifth Generation Fighter Aircraft

Fifth Generation Fighter Aircraft (FGFA) is a joint Design and Development (D&D) programme between India and Russia. Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL) from Indian side and M/s Rosboronexport from the Russian side signed the Preliminary Design Contract on 21st December 2010. The Preliminary Design phase of the project has been completed by June, 2013.

Under the Preliminary Design Contract, the expenditure committed so far, is Rs. 1,418.91 crore.

The delivery of the FGFA to the Indian Air Force is on conclusion of the Research & Development (R&D) phase. As per the draft R&D Contract, the delivery of FGFA can commence after 94 months from the start of the contract. The Contract has not yet been signed.

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

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Complaints Against Scientists in DRDO

Information pertaining to complaints against heads of laboratories / establishments of DRDO received during the last 3 years and current year and other details, like fact finding committees, their findings and action taken on their recommendations, etc. is being collected.

DRDO’s procurement is governed in accordance with the Procurement Manual (PM – 2006) revised from time to time.

In addition, instructions have also been issued to the laboratories / establishments on Public Procurement Policy for MSEs; e-Publishing; and e-Procurement.

This information was given by Defence Minister Shri Manohar Parrikar in a written reply to Shri Kodikunnil Suresh and Shri CH. Malla Reddy in Lok Sabha today.

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Artillery Gun ‘DHANUSH’

Six prototypes of the gun have been produced till date and the gun is undergoing confirmatory trials and evaluation. Bulk production of the gun shall commence after successful completion of the above trials and evaluation.

Technical sanction for the production of the gun i.e. bulk production clearance is awaited from Army Hqrs. as the same is dependent on the results of confirmatory trials and evaluation. Infrastructure at Gun Carriage Factory, Jabalpur is under augmentation for increasing the production.

This information was given by Minister of State for Defence Rao Inderjit Singh in a written reply to Shri Rakesh Singh in Lok Sabha today.


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National War Memorial

As per information received from Headquarter Integrated Defence Staff, Ministry of Defence, more than 22,500 soldiers have laid down their lives while discharging their duties since independence.

A proposal to construct a National War Memorial and National War Museum to commemorate our brave soldiers who have made the supreme sacrifice for the country, is under active consideration.

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

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Irregularities in BRO

A case of irregularity in procurement of various types of Hume pipes was noticed in Project Vartak (44 BRTF) of Border Roads Organisation (BRO) for which an internal Court of Inquiry has been ordered by BRO on 8th October 2014.  Necessary remedial measures will be taken as per finding of the Court of Inquiry.

The following steps have been taken to check such irregularities:
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Instruction has been issued for E-procurement in BRO for ensuring transparency.

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Inspection of works on roads are carried out regularly by executives at Project, Task Force level and by Regional inspection teams to ensure the quality of works.

This information was given by Defence Minister Shri Manohar Parrikar in a written reply to Shrimati Ranjeet Ranjan and others in Lok Sabha today.

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Military Cooperation Between China and Pakistan

Government keeps a constant watch on all developments having a bearing on national security and takes all necessary measures including force accretion, capacity building and capability enhancement to safeguard our maritime interests.

Ships and Aircraft of Indian Navy and Indian Coast Guard regularly undertake surveillance in our areas of interest on the western and eastern seaboards. Information sharing with various security agencies is carried out to optimize surveillance. A coastal chain of static radars has been established.

This information was given by Defence Minister Shri Manohar Parrikar in a written reply to Shri Anandrao Adsul and others in Lok Sabha today.

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Defence Equipment

Israel, Japan and Republic of Korea have evinced interest in defence sector under ‘Make in India’ initiative of the Government.

The Government has not signed Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with any foreign country under ‘Make in India’ initiative for manufacturing defence equipment / weapons.

This information was given by Minister of State for Defence Rao Inderjit Singh in a written reply to Shri Vijay Kumar Hansdak and others in Lok Sabha today.

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Recruitment in Armed Forces

There is no proposal under consideration of the Government to introduce reservation for Scheduled Castes / Scheduled Tribes / Other Backward Classes for recruitment in the armed forces. Recruitment in the armed forces is based on merit and is open to all citizens irrespective of class, caste, community, region or religion. Nature of operational and administrative challenges under which the armed forces function precludes reservation for recruitment in the armed forces.

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

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Procurement of Helicopters

The FIR in the regular case registered by Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) in the VVIP / VIP procurement case, is pending in the Court of Special Judge, Patiala House Court, New Delhi and the case is under investigation.

The investigation by CBI in India is at an advanced stage. During investigation, Letters Rogatory as per the procedure have been sent by CBI to eight countries namely Italy, Tunisia, Mauritius in 2013 and UAE, UK, Switzerland, Singapore and British Virgin Island in 2014. The authorities in UAE have sought further information. Further, as desired by the Mauritius authorities, fresh LR is being sent to Mauritius. LR execution report is awaited from all the above mentioned countries.

Directorate of Enforcement has also registered a case under Prevention of Money Laundering Act, 2002 and investigations are underway. During the course of investigation, one of the accused was arrested, who was later released on bail. Directorate of Enforcement has also issued two provisional attachment orders attaching the properties valued at Rs.4.82 crore approximately out of the proceeds of crime.

This information was given by Defence Minister Shri Manohar Parrikar in a written reply to Shri K.N. Ramachandran and Shri Kalikesh N. Singh Deo in Lok Sabha today.

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Supply of Defence Equipment to Afghanistan

Under the Strategic Partnership Agreement (SPA), signed in October, 2011 between India and Afghanistan, India has committed to assist, as mutually determined, in the training, equipping and capacity building programmes for Afghan National Security Forces. India will provide military assistance to Afghanistan as per the requests received from the Afghan authorities from time to time and based on India’s capacity.

This information was given by Defence Minister Shri Manohar Parrikar in a written reply to Dr. C Gopalakrishnan in Lok Sabha today.

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Funds Spent on DRDO 
Approx Rs. 1, 36,420 Cr had been spent by the Department of Defence Research and Development since the inception of DRDO uptil now.

The total number of personnel, including scientists, military men and others employed in the DRDO at present are given as below:
Cadre
No. of Employees
DRDS
7476
DRTC
9398
Service Officer
377
Admin & Allied
6091
Service ORs
1815
Total Number
25157
            Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) has been set up with the mandate of developing cutting edge technologies and systems for the Indian Armed Forces through R&D in all technology domains. DRDO labs have developed large number of weapon systems, platforms and defence equipment which are already in use/ready for induction by the Defence Services.
           
    DRDO is only involved in the prototype development and subsequent production is through traditional production partner’s viz.Ordnance Factory Boards (OFBs) and Defence Public Sector Undertakings (DPSUs).  A number of Indian private sector firms have also been involved in our development programmes.
   
    A Committee headed by Dr. P. Rama Rao was constituted by the Government for reviewing the functioning of DRDO.
·        Till date, DRDO has implemented the following recommendations of the Committee:
·        Nomination of Nodal Officers for structured interaction between DRDO and Services.
·        Introduction of Integrated Financial Advice (IFA) Scheme for financial decentralization.
·        Appointment of a dedicated Chief Controller for Human Resources (HR).
·        Creation of Seven Technology Domain based Clusters headed by Director’s General, Restructuring of DRDO HQrs, Creation of Directorate of Systems Analysis and Modelling (SAM) and Directorate of Quality, Reliability and Safety (QR&S).
·        Efforts have also been made to increase budget for Extramural Research as recommended by the Committee.
          This information was given by Defence Minister Shri Manohar Parrikar in a written reply to Shri Senguttuvan B in Lok Sabha today.

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Procurement of Tatra Vehicles 
Government has taken cognizance of alleged irregularities in purchase of Tatra Trucks.  Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) had registered a case No. RC AC1 2012 A0004, dated 30.3.2012 against one of the owners and unknown officials of Tatra Sipox (UK), a UK based company, unknown officials of a Defence Public Sector Undertaking (M/s BEML Ltd.) and unknown officers of Ministry of Defence.  Now CBI has informed that investigation in RC AC1 2012 A0004 could not substantiate the levelled allegations and accordingly, a Closure Report has been filed in the Court of Special Judge, Patiala House, and New Delhi on 25.8.2014.

Bharat Earth Movers Limited (BEML Ltd.) has supplied 648 items / spares through its Physical Stock and indigenous development (2013-14 & 2014-15).
The details of supplied orders with respect to BEML is as follows:

S. No.
No. of Items

Value
Supply Status
Remarks
1.
648
Rs.18.00 Crore
Supplied during 2013-14 and 2014-15

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2.
948
Rs.17.33 Crore
To be supplied
Awaiting Delivery Period Extension
There is no ban on procurement from BEML.  Army can procure spare parts required for the Tatra Vehicles from BEML.

No orders were placed on M/s Tatra Sipox pending CBI investigation.  BEML has now been permitted to procure the aggregates, components and parts from New Original Equipment Manufacturer (OEM)-M/s Tatra Trucks a.s. Czech Republic to fulfil its supply orders of Tatra Vehicles to the Armed Forces and Defence Public Sector Undertakings (PSUs) subject to certain conditions and all standard applicable rules and conditions.

This information was given by Minister of State for Defence Shri Rao Inderjit Singh in a written reply to Shri Kalikesh  N. Singh  Deo in Lok Sabha today.

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