A proposal to procure 1.86 lakh bullet proof jackets for soldiers is in progress the government told Rajya Sabha on Tuesday.
Minister of State for defence Subhash Bhamre said that 50,000 jackets have already been delivered to the Army.
“A proposal for procuring 1,86,138 bullet proof jackets (BPJ) is in progress,” he said.
The Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) is engaged in the project he added.
“In addition, 12 Indian companies have been issued industrial licenses for the manufacture of BPJs,” he said.
The Army demanded government to procure life jackets as soon as possible.
297 army personnel were killed and 336 were injured while on duty between 2014 to 2016. 30 personnel from Indian Air Force have also laid down their lives during the period , said minister.