Is CAG ‘leaking’ defence secrets?

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  1. sandeepdg

    sandeepdg Senior Member Senior Member

    Sep 5, 2009
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    NEW DELHI: The armed forces are increasingly getting furious with successive CAG reports divulging their "classified operational readiness reports (ORRs)" for all the world to see.

    Getting rapped for financial and procedural irregularities or diversion of funds to buy golf carts and delays in much-needed procurements is one thing but the armed forces are aghast that the operational availability of their aircraft, helicopters, submarines and other platforms as well as radars and missiles is being put in "the public domain" by CAG reports.

    "Why make the jobs of our enemies easier? To make matters worse, the latest reports are promptly uploaded on the CAG website, which can be accessed from anywhere in the world. CAG reports must have a classified section, which only a select few of decision-makers must have access to," said a senior military officer.

    While the Comptroller and Auditor General of India, Vinod Rai, could not be contacted since he was abroad, another CAG official contended the reports were prepared "in consultation" with the defence ministry and service concerned.

    "Our mandate is that every audit report has to be laid in Parliament. The parliamentary public accounts committee subsequently takes it up. Once anything is tabled in Parliament, it’s in the public domain," he said. Moreover, don’t newspapers regularly report on depleting levels of fighter squadrons in IAF and submarines in Navy? Or, of the poor serviceability of MiG, Jaguar or reconnaissance aircraft fleets and the alarming gaps in radar coverage over central and peninsular India?

    "Yes, they do, and often accurately. But they are still newspaper reports," said an IAF officer. In contrast, the reports of CAG, a constitutional authority with access to secret flying logs, equipment and sensor availability reports and other classified stuff, come with an official stamp of authenticity.

    "Even if a CAG report describes a fighter only as ‘X’, any serious defence watcher will know which particular jet is being talked about. All this makes it easy for our adversaries to know our operational capabilities," the IAF officer said.

    "The CAG reports are important. But are any such official reports available in the public domain in either Pakistan or China? Warfare is all about keeping your enemies guessing about your capabilities," he added.

    Take, for instance, India’s solitary 50-year-old aircraft carrier INS Viraat. A careful reading of the latest CAG report makes it clear Viraat may just be a paper tiger, left as it is with only eight upgraded SeaHarrier jump-jets to operate from its deck. Similarly, take India’s rapidly-shrinking underwater combat arm. As frequently reported by TOI, Navy is left with only 15 submarines — 10 Russian Kilo-class, four German HDW and one virtually-obsolete Foxtrot — at present. And the number may dip to just half by 2015 due to progressive retirements.

    Then came a CAG report which held that the operational availability of Indian submarines was as low as 48% due to an ageing fleet and prolonged refit schedules. In effect, this means that if India went to war with Pakistan, it will only have seven submarines to deploy.
  3. gogbot

    gogbot Regular Member

    Oct 2, 2009
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    The one organization that actually highlights corruption and it get's blasted as a result.

    CAG should keep mouth shut at least in public about certain matter such as defense.

    Frankly i would have rather had my head in the sand when it comes to Dhurv.
  4. prateikf

    prateikf Regular Member

    Jul 14, 2009
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    we have no effective submarines because we blacklisted HDW in the 1980's. we have no potent artillery because we blacklisted denel, bofors, soltam, IMI, Rheinmetall, STK and all the other manufacturer's of artillery. long live mr antnony-the destroyer of our armed forces.

    why blame the CAG report blame those who are responsible for the acquisition process.
  5. SHASH2K2

    SHASH2K2 New Member

    May 10, 2010
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    Bihar, BanGalore , India
    Despite so many disclosure by CAG we hardly see any change in corruption level . If its reports are not brought to public domain only God can save our country . Babus and netas will sell entire countries. Also quality and our shortcomings are known to everyone so there is nothing Top secret thats in CAG report. Only thing that others may know due to the reports is the price at which these equipments are procured .
  6. luckyy

    luckyy Regular Member

    Jun 8, 2009
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    armed forces should be deploying their funds addiquatly........then CAG report will be full of " well done" for them....
  7. ajtr

    ajtr Veteran Member Veteran Member

    Oct 2, 2009
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    Its better that country should know its battle preparedness than to have phony confidence of preparedness.That bluff gets easily called and example of it we saw immediately saw after 26/11 when indian war bluff was called off due to the reason indian forces were not prepared.And btw enemy will always has info about ur level of preparedness so nothing wrong in making CAG reports public.Army's problem is not that CAG reports reveal its level of preparedness army's problem is how army misuses is funds to by substandard weapons and CAG reports reveal this.AS a taxpayer its every indian's right to know where and how army is using/misusing public money.
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