In what could be bolstering the morale of the army men is the announcement made by the Defence Ministry yesterday clearing the proposal of army buying the armaments for short duration intense wars without having to wait to go through rigorous procedures.
This move will ensure the army being combat ready at any given point in time by removing the obstacles of delay in procuring critical components. The Vice Chief of Army has been given the “full” financial powers to procure ammunitions and spares for 10 types of weapons systems and equipment after an internal review. This was done after it was found that optimum level of “war stores” were not being maintained.
The financial power vested for this purpose can go up to Rs.40,000 crores, the official said on condition on anonymity.
As part of the decision, the Army has been allowed to procure 46 types of ammunition and spares for 10 different types of weapons systems ensuring that we do not lag on critical components which may decide the fate of the war. There is also another proposal which is under consideration and if it goes through, it will further empower the Army to procure 20 types of armament and 6 types of mines.
The Army has been pressing the government for ensuring speedy procurement of key military platforms citing evolving security challenges. These when deployed can be effectively used to check the infiltration of border areas by our neighbouring nations.