Shortage of Essential Kit Items with Army



Shortage of Essential Kit Items with Army 

Essential clothing items on life cycle concept are provided free of cost to the soldiers (JCOs & other ranks) only. These include uniforms, shoes, improved combat kit (ICK), mosquito nets, etc. However, items of extreme cold climate & equipment (ECC&E) and Special Clothing and Mountaineering Equipment (SCME) are issued to all ranks including officers when posted to areas with extreme cold climate conditions. 


Procurement of these items and supply to the troops is ongoing process. Government has taken the following steps to ensure availability of essential clothing items: 

ECC&E & SCME items are procured through an Empowered Committee in Army headquarters with complete delegated powers. Requirements of three years are sourced in one procurement cycle. 

In case of SCME items, special dispensation for placing 100% repeat Orders has also been given to the Empowered Committees. 

Roll on indent for 05 years requirement is placed on Ordnance Factories. 

To facilitate Ordnance Factories to source raw material in advance, provision cycle of clothing items have been advanced by six months from current financial year. 

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

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Attack on Army Convoy in Manipur 

An Army vehicle convoy was ambushed by well-armed terrorists in general area Parlon in Chandel District / Manipur on 4th June 2015. The incident resulted in 18 fatal and 15 non-fatal Army casualties. Two terrorists were killed in retaliatory fire and one AK 47 Rifle was recovered. 

The Indo-Myanmar border is rugged and densely forested. The rugged terrain and prevailing trans-border Free Movement Regime are being exploited by the terrorists due to which monitoring of their cross border movement and activities is extremely challenging. 

Army is fully alive to the prevailing complex challenges and accordingly surgical intelligence based Counter Terrorism operations are being conducted to neutralize the terrorists. 

The intelligence grid has been revitalised. Efforts have been made for seamless interface amongst all intelligence agencies and units conducting Counter Terrorism operations so as to collate, analyse and disseminate intelligence in a timely manner. 

This information was given by Defence Minister Shri Manohar Parrikar in a written reply to Shri Ravi Prakash Verma in Rajya Sabha today. 

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Overhauling of DRDO And Defence PSUs 

The functioning of Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) was reviewed by a Committee headed by Prof. P. Rama Rao. DRDO has accepted several recommendations which inter-alia include creation of Seven Technology Domain based Clusters headed by Director’s General; Restructuring of DRDO HQrs; Creation of Directorate of Quality, Reliability and Safety (QR&S); increase in budget for Extramural Research; creation of empowered Defence Technology Commission (DTC); creation of a Commercial Arm of DRDO; creation of 5 Senior Administrative Grade (SAG) posts along with 162 other posts for full scale implementation of Integrated Financial Advisor (IFA) Scheme etc. 

Recently, a review of all DRDO Projects along with the three Services, OFB and Defence Public Sector Undertakings (DPSUs) has been carried out so as to realign the focus towards the “Make in India” Programme. Also, more than 1000 small, medium and large Indian industries have been involved in the development and productionisation of products for the delivery to the Services. 

With the objective of achieving self-reliance in defence production, the DPSUs have been continuously modernizing and upgrading their capabilities and widening their product range. Some of the DPSUs have also collaborated with DRDO and other R&D institutions in this regard. There is also increasing emphasis on partnerships of DPSUs with the private sector for sourcing various components so that DPSUs can play the role of system integrators and become more competitive. 

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

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Increasing the Number of NCC Units in the Country 

Presently, there are 800 National Cadet Corps Units in the country. 

National Cadet Corps is currently in the process of raising 5 Group Headquarters and 61 NCC units in five phases. Under the 1st and 2nd phases of implementation, 2 Group Headquarters and 24 NCC units have already been raised. 

The following are priority areas for raising of new units in the 3rd, 4th and 5th phases of the NCC expansion plan: 

Coastal areas in the west. 

Areas affected by Left Wing extremism and insurgency. 

Areas bordering Pakistan and China. 

This would help in extending NCC coverage in the above mentioned areas and encourage youth of such areas to join the mainstream as NCC cadets. 

This information was given by Defence Minister Shri Manohar Parrikar in a written reply to Shrimati Renuka Chowdhury in Rajya Sabha today. 

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Relaxation of Offset Clause for Defence Procurement 

The offset clauses shall apply to all Capital Acquisitions categorized as “Buy (Global)” or “Buy and Make with Transfer of Technology” where the estimated cost of acquisition is INR 300 crore or more. 30% of estimated cost of the acquisition in ‘Buy (Global)’ category acquisitions and 30% of the foreign exchange component in ‘Buy and Make with ToT’ category acquisitions will be the required value of the offset obligations. However, the Defence Acquisition Council (DAC) may, prescribe varying offset obligations above 30% or waive the offset obligations in special cases. 

The key objective of the Defence Offset Policy is to leverage capital acquisitions to develop Indian defence industry by (i) fostering development of internationally competitive enterprises, (ii) augmenting capacity for Research, Design and Development related to defence products and services and (iii) encouraging development of synergistic sector like civil aerospace and internal security. 

The necessary changes in the offset guidelines are made time to time based on the requirements and difficulties faced in the implementation of the policy. 

This information was given by Minister of State in the Ministry of Defence Shri Rao Inderjit Singh in a written reply to Shri Anand Sharma in Rajya Sabha today. 

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Procurement of Bullet Proof Jackets 

Bulletproof jackets (BPJs) are scaled item. They are procured and provided to the armed forces as per laid down policy. The procurement case of 1,86,138 BPJs is at Trial stage and the case of 50,000 is at Technical Evaluation Committee stage. 

This information was given by Defence Minister Shri Manohar Parrikar in a written reply to Shri Neeraj Shekhar and Shri Arvind Kumar Singh in Rajya Sabha today. 

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US-India Defence Framework Agreement, 2015 

A Framework for India-US Defence Relationship was signed on 3rd June, 2015, which builds upon the previous Framework to guide the bilateral defence and strategic partnership for the next ten years. The new Framework provides avenues for high level strategic discussions, continued exchanges between armed forces of both countries and strengthening of defence capabilities. 

Both sides have identified proposals for joint development of Mobile Electric Hybrid Power Sources and Next Generation Protective Ensembles. The proposed cooperation envisages enhancement of India’s defence technological and manufacturing capabilities. 

No timeframe for the implementation of the identified projects has been indicated as these relate to research and development. 

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

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Progress on Rafale Fighter Aircraft Deal 

As per the India-France Joint Statement issued by the two countries during the Prime Minister’s visit to France, Government of India conveyed to the Government of France that in view of the critical operational necessity for Multirole Combat Aircraft for Indian Air Force (IAF), Government of India would like to acquire (36) Rafale jets in fly-away condition as quickly as possible. The two leaders agreed to conclude an Inter-Governmental Agreement for supply of the aircraft on terms that would be better than conveyed by Dassault Aviation as part of a separate process underway, the delivery would be in time-frame that would be compatible with the operational requirement of IAF; and that the aircraft and associated systems and weapons would be delivered on the same configuration as had been tested and approved by Indian Air Force, and with a longer maintenance responsibility by France. 

A Negotiating Team has been constituted to negotiate the terms and conditions of the procurement of 36 Rafale jets and recommend the draft agreement. The meetings of the Indian Negotiating team with the French side have commenced. 

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

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Status of Implementation of OROP 

The principle of One Rank One Pension for the Armed Forces has been accepted by the Government. The modalities for implementation were discussed with various stakeholders and are presently under consideration of the Government. It will be implemented once the modalities are approved by the Government. 

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

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Compensation to the Families of Deceased Army Jawans 
An Army vehicle convoy was ambushed by well-armed terrorists in general area Parlon in Chandel District / Manipur on 4thJune, 2015.  The incident resulted in 18 fatal and 15 non-fatal Army casualties.  Two terrorists were killed in retaliatory fire and one AK-47 Rifle was recovered.
As per extent rules / guidelines under mentioned benefits are provided to Next of Kins of martyrs:

Benefits
Amount(in Rs.)
Ex-Gratia
Rs. 10,00,000/- (Rupees Ten Lakh Only)

Army Group Insurance (Death Insurance Benefit)
Rs. 25,00,000/- (Rupees Twenty Five Lakh Only)
Army Central Welfare Fund (ACWF)

Rs. 30,000/- (Rupees Thirty Thousand Only)
Army Wives Welfare Association (AWWA)

Rs. 15,000/- (Rupees Fifteen Thousand Only)
Death-Cum-Retirement Gratuity (DCRG)
Based on total qualifying service subject to maximum of Rs. 10,00,000/- (Rupees Ten Lakh Only)
AGI (Maturity Benefit)
Total subscription made by the individual and bonus accrued thereon.
Final Settlement of Account (FSA)
Pay & Allowance emoluments held in the credit balance of the individual.
Leave Encashment
Total leave accumulated by individual.
Armed Forces Personnel Provident (AFPP) Fund & Death Linked Insurance Scheme (DLIS)

As per monthly subscription made by the individual concerned plus bonus accrued.
Family Pension
Liberalised Family Pension equal to reckonable monthly emoluments last drawn for life.
The Army has lodged a FIR in the case at Police Station Tengnoupal. NIA is also investigating the matter.
This information was given by Defence Minister Shri Manohar Parrikar in a written reply to Shri Rajkumar Dhoot in Rajya Sabha today.

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Replacement of Ageing Aircrafts with the IAF 
Depending upon the defined Total Technical Life (TTL) / Total Calendar Life (TCL), few squadrons equipped with MIG-21 and MIG-27 aircraft are nearing the end of their operational life.
The TTL / TCL expired aircraft are replaced through new acquisitions as per the assessed requirement.
Number of accidents due to technical defects in respect of aircraft indicated in part (a) above during each of the last three years is given below:

Year
Number of aircraft
2012-13
2
2013-14
1
2014-15
3

This information was given by Defence Minister Shri Manohar Parrikar in a written reply to Shri K. C. Tyagi in Rajya Sabha today.

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Making SSC More Attractive 
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 the VI Central Pay Commission with substantial improvement in the pay structure and other allowances of Armed Forces.  Additional proposals for making SSC more attractive have been taken up for inter-departmental consultations.

Details of SSC Officers commissioned and left during last five years and the current year are as under:
Year
Army (as on 7th July, 2015)
Navy (as on 17th July, 2015)
Air Force (as on 17th July, 2015)

Number of  SSC officers commissioned
Number of SSC officers left
Number of SSC officers commissioned

Number of SSC officers left
Number of SSC officers commissioned
Number of SSC officers left
Men
Women
Men
Women
Men
Women
Men
Women
Men
Women
Men
Women
2010
249
93
121
78
199
40
12
08
144
157
20
11
2011
392
166
104
60
234
82
21
01
176
142
10
11
2012
482
157
75
55
263
33
71
09
198
138
18
24
2013
477
127
66
35
278
50
85
16
154
156
17
27
2014
378
104
24
12
234
82
65
07
140
163
21
31
2015
140
39
09
07
233
36
42
03
99
103
18
68


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

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