Ministry of Defence Comments on Various Issues

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    2010-11-15 The Ministry of Defence made the following releases which are full text versions of comments made in the Parliament today.

    Crashes of Aircraft and Helicopters
    A total of 60 aircrafts including MiG 21 and helicopters of the Defence forces have crashed during the last three years from financial year 2007-2008 till 8th November, 2010 in the current financial year. Forty three service personnel and five civilians were killed in these accidents. Twenty civilians were injured.

    Compensation as per extant Government order is paid for the service personnel killed and civilians killed/injured. Each crash is investigated through a Court of Inquiry and remedial measures are undertaken accordingly to check their recurrence in future. Phasing out of a particular aircraft and its replacement is decided based on operational requirements of the services, which is reviewed from time to time.

    This information was given by Defence Minister Shri AK Antony in a written reply to Shri Ravindra Kumar Pandey & others in Lok Sabha today.

    SRS for Post-Crash Recovery
    A Request For Information (RFI) was issued in September 2010 for Combat Search & Rescue Systems (SRS). The Indian Air Force (IAF) plans to procure personal Rescue Beacons for its Fighter, Transport and Helicopter fleet and Emergency Location Transmitters (ELT) as well as Air borne Locator Interrogators for its Transport and Helicopters fleet. The estimated cost is Rs.120 crores.

    During the past one year, there have been two fatal accidents and the bodies of three pilots who lost their lives in these accidents were recovered. Since these accidents took place near IAF airfields under positive control of Air Traffic Control (ATC), the present SRS was not required to be used to recover the bodies/debris.

    This information was given by Defence Minister Shri AK Antony in a written reply to Shri Milind Deora in Lok Sabha today.

    Defence Expenditure Review
    The system of compilation of expenditure does not capture the country-wise details. Therefore, the desired information is being collected from the Service Headquarters and shall be laid on the Table of the House in due course.

    Defence Expenditure Review Committee headed by Shri V.K. Misra, former Secretary (Defence Finance) was constituted to recommend measures that would bring about:

    (i) Optimal efficiency in the system, with greater focus on Information & Communication Technology (ICT);

    (ii) Greater efficiency and economy in supply services through outsourcing and reorganisation;

    (iii) Greater transparency and accountability in regard to management of defence expenditure;

    (iv) Higher efficiency in logistic supply chain management;

    (v) Outcome orientation in defence spending;

    (vi) Enhanced self-reliance by tapping the strength of the vibrant private sector;

    (vii) High levels of preparedness/serviceability of weapon systems;

    (viii) Greater efficiency and economy in training.

    The main recommendations made by the Committee relate to greater use of Information & Communication Technology; Streamlining of Acquisitions and Procurement; Empowering Defence Industrial Base and enhancing private sector participation; and, improvement in logistics and maintenance management, support services, training, infrastructure, financial management and project management.

    Various officers in the Ministry of Defence have been assigned the responsibility of looking into the recommendations of the Committee for further action on the same. This information was given by Defence Minister Shri AK Antony in a written reply to Shri S. Semmalai and Shri Sivasami C in Lok Sabha today.

    Measures to Check Sea-Borne Threat
    Government has initiated several measures to strengthen Coastal Security in order to guard against sea-borne security threat. For this purpose, the coastal surveillance and patrolling have been enhanced. Joint and operational exercises are conducted on regular basis among the Navy, the Coast Guard, Coastal Police, Customs and others to check the effectiveness of the integrated approach adopted for security of coastal areas.

    In addition, continuous review and monitoring of various mechanism are done by the Government at different levels, which include various agencies, like the State/Union Territory authorities. Further, strengthening of the Indian Navy in terms of assets, based on felt needs, is an important ongoing process.

    This information was given by Defence Minister Shri AK Antony in a written reply to Shri R. Thamaraiselvan in Lok Sabha today.

    Defence Capability of Army
    The Indian Army is operationally capable of meeting any challenges to national security. However, capability development is a dynamic process and it is the constant Endeavour of the Government to keep the Army at maximum level of operational readiness at all times.

    Government has taken several steps to expedite the procurement/modernization procedure including inter alia laying down the revised Defence Procurement Procedure and Fast Track Procedure, which is regularly reviewed to improve efficiency of procurement procedure.

    This information was given by Defence Minister Shri AK Antony in a written reply to Shri Pratap Singh Bajwa in Lok Sabha today.

    Procurement of Submarines
    Government constantly reviews the security scenario and accordingly decides to induct appropriate equipment/platforms including submarines. This is a continuous process undertaken through procurement from various indigenous as well as foreign sources in accordance with the provisions laid down in Defence Procurement Procedure to keep the armed forces in a state of readiness to meet any eventuality.

    Divulging further details in this regard would not be in the national interest. This information was given by Defence Minister Shri AK Antony in a written reply to Shri Prabodh Panda in Lok Sabha today.

    Irregularities in Purchase of Arms
    Procurement of equipment/weapon systems under the Capital Head for the Army are done as per the provisions of Defence Procurement Procedure. The said Procedure contains, stringent provisions aimed at ensuring the highest degree of probity, public accountability and transparency.

    As and when any irregularity comes to notice, appropriate action is taken as per rules. This information was given by Defence Minister Shri AK Antony in a written reply to Prof. Ram Shankar in Lok Sabha today.

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