National Cadet Corps



National Cadet Corps 
The total number of cadets enrolled in various National Cadet Corps (NCC) units  in  the  country during  each  of  the  last  three  years  and  the current year are as under:

Year
Number of cadets enrolled
2011-12
1236338
2012-13
1246986
2013-14
1173029
2014-15
1131083
The process of enrolment for the current year is still on.  The enrolment during 2014-15 is less due to the fact that the enrolment period for Senior Division / Senior Wing NCC Cadets has been increased from 2 to 3 years i.e. only 33% cadets got enrolled this year whereas it used to be 50% earlier.
Government has approved a five phase expansion of NCC from 13 lakh cadets to 15 lakh cadets.  This would involve raising of 5 Group Headquarters and 61 NCC Units.  In the first two phases of implementation, 2 Group Headquarters and 24 NCC Units have already been raised.  In the third phase, raising of 1 Group Headquarter and 14 NCC Units are proposed to be raised.  State / UT-wise details for third phase are given at Appendix ‘A’.  A budgetary provision of Rs.18.75 crore has been made for this purpose in the current financial year.
In the year 2014, 127 NCC cadets were commissioned in the Armed Forces.  However, number of NCC cadets to be commissioned in the current year is dependent on the result of Service Selection Board (SSB) and, therefore, cannot be predicted at present.
Under the on-going expansion plan of NCC, from the third phase onwards the focus on expansion is on Coastal areas, Left Wing Extremism areas and North Eastern States.  This would encourage youths to join NCC activities in such areas.
State / UT-wise details of Number of NCC units to be raised in the Country during third phase Appendix ‘A’

State / UT
No. of units

Gujarat
7
Kerala
1
Chhattisgarh
1
Maharashtra
1
Odisha
1
Rajasthan
1
Uttar Pradesh
1
Sikkim
1

This information was given by Defence Minister Shri Manohar Parrikar in a written reply to Shri T Radhakrishnan and othersin Lok Sabha today.

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Lt Gen Philip Campose, Vice Chief of the Army Staff Superannuates on 31 Jul 15 

          Lt Gen Philip Campose superannuates today after 40 years and seven months of distinguished service in the Indian Army.  The General Officer took over as the Vice Chief of Army Staff on 01 August 2014, after commanding Army’s Western Command.

          He is an alumnus of St. Xavier’s School, Delhi, the National Defence Academy, Pune and the Indian Military Academy, Dehradun. He was commissioned into the 9th Gorkha Rifles Regiment of the Infantry in 1974 and later transferred to the Mechanised Infantry in 1982.  He did the Staff College Course at Wellington, the Higher Command Course at Mhow and the National Defence College Course at New Delhi.

Gen Campose’s command assignments include command of an Independent Armoured Brigade, an Infantry Division on the Line of Control in J & K, a Corps in the Western Deserts and the Western Command.  He did tenures in UN Peacekeeping in  former Yugoslavia and in Northern Iraq, where he was the Head of Mission. He is also the Colonel of the Mechanised Infantry Regiment since 01 Jun 2013.



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Pension to Ex-Servicemen 
The complaints regarding incorrect payment of pension, incorrect revision/ underpayment of pension etc. are being received and action is taken to redress the grievances by taking appropriate action in coordination with Pension Sanctioning Authorities & Pension Disbursement Agencies.
The number of complaints received during each of the last three years and the current year are as under:-
Year                                        No. of complaints received
      2012                                                                      32147
      2013                                                                      26209
      2014                                                                      23178
      2015                                                                      15435
(Upto 22.7.2015)

The Government is considering to implement a system of Central Pension Disbursement Agency (CPDA) to facilitate credit of pension directly to Pensioner’s bank account.The new system is likely to be implemented from the next financial year.

For ensuring quick and seamless disbursement of pension to Ex-Servicemen, following projects are undertaken by the Government.

§  Digital life certificate through Jeevan Praman Portal.
§  Digitization of records to enable prompt pension revision in future.
§  Submission of  e-Pension claim and issuance of  e-PPO.
This information was given by Minister of State for Defence Rao Inderjit Singh in a written reply to Shri Satav Rajeev and others in Lok Sabha today.

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Indian Air Force (IAF) Contingent Set to Return Home on Completion of Exercise Indradhanush 

1. Having ‘touched the sky with glory’ in consonance with the motto of the Indian Air Force (IAF) “Nabhah Sparsham Deeptam”, the air warriors of IAF are now set to return home after successful completion of the Indo-UK bilateral air exercise, Indradhanush. This was the fourth edition of Ex-Indradhanush which commenced at UK on 21 Jul 15. Different elements of the IAF contingent operated from separate Royal Air Force (RAF) bases – The Sukhois from Corningsby, combat support elements from Brize Norton and the Garud special forces from Hunnington. The exercise comes to a close today. The C-130J flew out of Brize Norton on 30 July as necessary equipment is required for receiving the rest of the contingent at intermediate bases. 

2. The IAF team has flown combat training missions along with RAF, involving contemporary tactics. The two air forces also operate common combat support platforms, namely the Globemaster and the Super Hercules. Mutual exchange of ideas as regards operational philosophy for tactical and strategic missions has provided invaluable learning for both sides. The IAF Garud regiment of Special Forces is operating with the RAF regiment in various aspects of training. The troops practiced various missions in urban warfare which also included combat missions in a near-realistic scenario. 

3. The bonhomie amongst personnel on both sides has been exceptional and in the true spirit of a bilateral exercise. The Air warriors of the IAF have been performing exceptionally well, demonstrating their high standards of training, Operational preparedness, flexibility and adaptability. The RAF had been very forthcoming in meeting all operational, maintenance and administrative requirements of the IAF contingent. Needless to say, the learning value from this interaction has been immense. 

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White Paper on Defence 

Government is aware of a white paper released by China in May 2015. But, this does not include reference to freedom of navigation in the South China Sea.Government keeps a constant watch on all developments having a bearing on India’s security and takes all necessary measures to safeguard it. 

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

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Robotics / Artificial Intelligence 

Centre for Artificial Intelligence and Robotics (CAIR), Bengaluru and Research and Development Establishment (Engineers) {R&DE(E)}, Pune are prime laboratories of Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) working in the area of artificial intelligence and robotics. Miniature Unmanned Ground Vehicle (MINIUGV), RoboSentry and Autonomous Guided Vehicle have already been developed by DRDO and recently a project has been taken for development of Multi Agent Robotics System (MARS). DRDO has also planned to undertake projects for development of robotic products and technologies associated with robotics and technologies associated with robotics and artificial intelligence. In this regard, a national challenge has been initiated to tap talent in robotics and artificial intelligence among students, academia and entrepreneurs / industry in the areas of robotics related to defence. 

DRDO has not been giving fellowships / grants to entrepreneurs in the area of robotics and artificial intelligence. However, DRDO has signed a number of Contract Agreements for Research Services (CARS) projects with academia for developing technologies related to robotics and artificial intelligence. 

This information was given by Defence Minister Shri Manohar Parrikar in a written reply to Shri Baijayant Jay Panda in Lok Sabha today. 
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Light Combat Aircraft 

The following shortcomings have been reported in Light Combat Aircraft (LCA) Tejas-Mk-I. 

Absence of Internal Jammer affecting survivability. 

Aircraft performance shortfalls. 

Maintainability issues. 

The above shortcomings were primarily due to following reasons: 

Internal jammer technology at that time was based on TWT amplifier which needed about 1000 ltr volume space for integration on aircraft. Hence it could not be accommodated at the time of development of LCA Tejas, Mk-I. 

The maintainability issues were raised by Indian Air Force (IAF) late in 2009, when design and drawings were already frozen for Mk-I. However, many of the safety critical maintenance issues are already addressed in Mk-I. 

Government has sanctioned project for development of LCA Mk-II in 2009. Aeronautical Development Agency (ADA) is the prime agency for development of LCA Mk-II with the public and private partnerships.All the above mentioned shortcomings in LCA Mk-I have been addressed in LCA Mk-II version. 

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

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Armed Forces Convenant 

There is no such proposal. However, the Government is committed to the well-being of the members of the Armed Forces and their families. A number of measures for the welfare of serving personnel of the Armed Forces, ex-Servicemen and their families have already been taken. Time tested mechanisms are also in place for redressal of grievances of Service personnel. 

This information was given by Defence Minister Shri Manohar Parrikar in a written reply to Shri B.V Naik in Lok Sabha today. 

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Protective Gear for Soldiers 

The Government is in the process of signing an agreement titled Next Generation Protection Ensemble (NGPE) with the United States of America. The objective of the agreement is to test analyse and compare Chemical Biological (CB) Protection Technologies to facilitate development of requirements for a wearable protective ensemble capability with the view towards cooperatively developing mutually identified technologies subject to a separate agreement. 

This agreement has good potential for mutual benefit and to promote and accelerate technology exchange. It may lead to a separate agreement for cooperatively developing mutually identified technologies. 

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

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Akash Missile System 

Indigenously designed, developed and produced Akash missile system have been inducted in Indian Air Force. 

Indian Air Force (IAF) has placed production order for 8 Squadrons out of which 4 Squadrons have already been delivered to IAF for deployment. 

Project for development of Akash Missile was started in 1983 under Integrated Guided Missile Development Programme (IGMDP). User trials were completed in Dec 2007. Order was placed by IAF for 02 Squadrons in December 2008 and 06 Squadrons in 2010. 

Expenditure incurred on development of Akash Missile was Rs. 604 Crore. Till date, Indian Air Force and Indian Army have placed production order for Akash Missile Systems worth Rs. 4969 Crore and Rs.14180 Crore, respectively. 

The infrastructure created during development and testing of systems/sub-systems, knowledge and expertise gained during development and production of various missile systems, will help to bring down expenditure and time of development and production for future missile systems. 

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

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Expansion Plan in Shipyards 

Development, expansion and upgradation of infrastructure is in progress at Goa Shipyard Limited (GSL) under four phases, of which first two phases were completed by March, 2011. Currently, phase 3 and 4 are under progress. All four Defence Public Sector Undertaking Shipyards, namely – Mazagon Dock Shipbuilders Ltd. (MDL), Goa Shipyard Ltd. (GSL), Garden Reach Shipbuilders & Engineers Ltd. (GRSE), Hindustan Shipyard Ltd. (HSL) – and Cochin Shipyard Ltd. (CSL) are equipped with in-house design capability to undertake design of ship construction projects for which orders have been placed on them. Most of the other Indian Shipyards have design facility for tugs and other vessels. For Offshore Vessels, Dredgers and other specialized vessels they outsource the basic / detailed design package from reputed design houses all over the world. 

Government has sanctioned funds to Defence Public Sector Undertaking Shipyards for their upgradation and modernization. The modernization plans of MDL and GRSE have already been completed. The infrastructure / equipment upgradation of HSL, GSL & CSL is in progress. 

This information was given by Minister of State for Defence Rao Inderjit Singh in a written reply to Shri Rabindra Kumar Jena in LokSabha today. 

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Defence Production Units 

The maintenance of machines, plants and equipment in Defence Public Sector Undertakings and Ordnance Factories is carried out periodically with emphasis on preventive maintenance. Machines which are “beyond economic repair” are evaluated for replacement. Replacement of “beyond economic repair” plant and machinery is an on-going process. 

Machines, plants and equipment are examined to identify such assets which are not techno-economically viable. The machines, plants and equipment, if found Beyond Economical Repair (BER), redundant and unfit for further usage, are disposed of as per laid down procedure. Critical machines are covered under Annual Maintenance Contract (AMC) to reduce downtime in rectification. 

In Ordnance Factories, monitoring of maintenance of equipment, machines and plants lying out of order is done through review meetings. 

This information was given by Minister of State for Defence Rao Inderjit Singh in a written reply to Shri Chandrakant Khaire and Smt Sakuntala Laguri in Lok Sabha today. 

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Advanced Jet Trainer by HAL 

Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL) has been entrusted with the responsibility of building and production of Advanced Jet Trainers (AJT) for the Indian Air Force and the NavyA contract between BAES, UK and Ministry of Defence, India was signed on 26th March 2004 for induction of 66 Hawk Aircraft (Advanced Jet Trainer) to Indian Air Force (IAF). 24 Aircraft were to be procured directly from BAES and balance 42 Aircraft were to be manufactured under licence at HAL. 

A contract for supply of additional 57 aircraft to IAF / Indian Navy was concluded on 23rd July 2010. (40 Hawk MK132 aircraft for IAF and 17 Hawk MK132 aircraft for Indian Navy). 

A Contract was signed between Ministry of Defence and Hindustan Aeronautics Limited on 21st February 2005 for manufacturing and supply of 42 Hawk AJT alongwith equipment and services for Indian Air Force at a total value of Rs.1982.21 crore. 

A Contract was signed between Ministry of Defence and Hindustan Aeronautics Limited on 23rd July, 2010 for manufacturing and supply of 40 Hawk AJT alongwith equipment and services for Indian Air Force at a total value of Rs.6459.89 crore. 

A Contract was signed between Ministry of Defence and Hindustan Aeronautics Limited on 23rd July, 2010 for manufacturing and supply of 17 Hawk AJT alongwith equipment and services for Indian Navy at a total value of Rs.3042.79 crore. 

The Contract value in respect of all these three contracts is firm and fixed and there is no escalation for the contract value, except exchange rate variation on Foreign Exchange content and taxes.One Hawk Aircraft, (direct supply from BAES) crashed at AFS, Kalaikunda on 3rd June 2015. Air HQ has ordered a Court of Inquiry in this regard. 

This information was given by Minister of State for Defence Rao Inderjit Singh in a written reply to Shri CH Malla Reddy and Shri JJT Natterjee in Lok Sabha today. 

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Permanent Commission for Women Officers in Defence Forces 

Women are inducted as Short Service Commission Officers (SSCOs) in the Armed Forces. Women SSCOs re eligible for consideration for grant of Permanent Commission in specified branches in terms of Government Policy letters dated 26th September, 2008 and 11th November, 2011. 

So far, 340 Women SSCOs have been granted Permanent Commission in the Armed Forces. State-wise details are not maintained as officers in the Armed Forces are inducted on an All India basis. 

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

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Cases Pending Against Defence Personnel 

The information related to cases filed in all the courts is not centrally maintained. However, there are 28 cases of alleged human rights violation (such as rape / torture / killing / disappearance / custodial deaths) against defence personnel pending in High-Courts of North-Eastern States pertaining to years 2012 to 2015. 

During the last three years, only one Officer, three Junior Commissioned Officers (JCOs) and one Other Rank (OR) have been punished under departmental action for procedural lapses in Assam. 

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

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Kalvari Class Submarine 

Kalvari, the first of the Scorpene submarine was undocked on 6th April 2015 and the Harbour Acceptance Trials (HATs) are in progress whereas Sea Trials (SATs) are planned to be undertaken from early 2016 onwards. The submarine is planned to be inducted in September 2016 and subsequent submarines at a gap of nine months each. 

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

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Manufacturing Defence Equipment 

Vide Press Note No. 3 (2014), dated 26.6.2014, a list of Defence items requiring industrial licence under Industries (Development & Regulation) Act 1951, was issued. Vide the same Press Note, it was decided that the dual use items (having military as well as civilian applications) other than those specially mentioned in the list would not require industrial licence from defence angle. Further, the items which are not part of the list would not require industrial licence for defence purposes. Some of the items e.g., parts / components of equipment, castings, forgings, test equipment etc. which earlier required licence from defence angle, would not require industrial licence any more. 

The Government has finalized and put in public domain a Security manual for private sector defence manufacturing units. The Manual prescribes guidelines for physical, document, IT and other security measures to be put in place by such units. 

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

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Defence University 

Government has accorded approval in May 2010 for setting up of Indian National Defence University (INDU). Subsequently, in September 2012 land for the Project was acquired from Government of Haryana at Binola, Gurgaon, Haryana at a cost of Rs.164 crores. The estimated cost of the INDU project is Rs.2072 crores excluding cost of land. 

No specific fund has been allocated for the INDU Project in the budget of Ministry of Defence. Expenditure so far on the project has been met out of the Headquarters Integrated Defence Staff (HQ IDS) budget allocations. The objectives of INDU is to develop & promote higher education in Defence Studies, Defence Management & Defence Science & Technology. The University will cater for officers from Armed Forces and officials of national security establishment from India and friendly foreign countries. The University will be fully functional at the earliest. 

The University has been envisioned to develop and propagate higher education for the armed forces and other Government agencies in the field of Defence Studies, Defence Management & Defence Science & Technology and promote policy oriented research on all aspects of national security and strategy. It is not designed for offsetting shortage of manpower in the Defence sector. 

This information was given by Defence Minister Shri Manohar Parrikar in a written reply to Maj Gen (Retd) BC Khanduri and Shri Ravneet Singh in Lok Sabha today. 

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Procurement of Infantry Rifles 

The capital procurement of Defence equipment including items such as rifles is carried out as per the Defence Procurement Procedure (DPP) 2013. The DPP 2013 provides for procurements from both indigenous and Foreign sources. The provision to purchase new rifles was made in the Annual Acquisition Plan (AAP) 2014-16. 

The objective of DPP 2013 is to ensure expeditious procurement of the approved requirements of the Armed Forces in terms of capabilities sought and time frame prescribed by optimally utilising the allocated budgetary resources. It contains time lines for various stages of the procurement process. 

This information was given by Defence Minister Shri Manohar Parrikar in a written reply to Shri Kirti Vardhan Singh in Lok Sabha today. 

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Fifth Generation Fighter Aircraft 

India signed the Inter-Government Agreement (IGA) with Russia for co-development and co-production of Fifth Generation Fighter aircraft in October 2007. As per the IGA, Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL) is the designated implementation organisation from the Indian side. In turn, HAL is supported by Defence Research Development Organisation (DRDO), Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) and other Indian agencies. 

HAL and Rosoboronexport of Russia have signed the General Contract in December, 2008 and the Preliminary Design Contract in December, 2010. The Preliminary Stage of the project has been completed in June, 2013. The next stage of development would commence upon signing of the Research & Development (R&D) contract. 

This information was given by Defence Minister Shri Manohar Parrikar in a written reply to Shri Charanjeet Singh Rori and Smt Vanaroja R in Lok Sabha today. 

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Fund Allocation for DGQA 
Fund allocation for Directorate General Quality Assurance (DGQA) is done as per projection made by them, subject to availability.  The funds allocated to DGQA during the last three years and the current year are as follows:-
                      (Rs. in Crore)

S. No.
Year

Budget Head
Revenue
Capital
Total
1.
2012-2013
BE
787.33
20.00
807.33
RE
665.50
5.00
670.50
2.
2013-2014
BE
714.73
5.45
720.18
RE
766.19
12.00
778.19
3.
2014-2015
BE
825.30
6.19
831.49
RE
809.39
6.19
815.58
4.
2015-2016
BE
843.04
7.12
850.16

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

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Defence Budget 
Details of the total budget allocation for defence during each of the last three years, the current year and the amount that remained unspent during the said period, are as follows:-
(` in crores)
Year
Budget Estimates
Revised Estimates
Actual Expenditure
Savings
Savings as
% age of BE
2012-13
1,93,407.29
1,78,503.52
1,81,775.78
-3,272.26
-1.83%
2013-14
2,03,672.12
2,03,672.12
2,03,499.35
172.77
0.08%
2014-15
 2,29,000.00
   2,22,370.00
     2,18,705.31
3469.14
       1.56%
2015-16
2,46,727.00
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No amount remained unspent during 2012-13, while only a minor sum of `172.77 crore remained unspent during 2013-14 as a cumulative effect of small savings under various heads of account. During 2014-15, savings have occurred mainly in the revenue segment of the budget. 
Details of total amount spent by Government in procurement of defence equipment from indigenous and foreign sources during last three years are as follows:-
  (`in crores)
Year
Actuals
Indigenous sources
Foreign sources

2012-13
58,768.86
32,455.86
26,313.00
2013-14
66,850.30
31,768.19
35,082.10
2014-15
65,862.39
40,869.41
24,992.98

This information was given by Defence Minister Shri Manohar Parrikar in a written reply to Shri Rayapati Sambasiva Rao and Shri Ravneet Singh in Lok Sabha today.

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