1. Nirmala Sitharaman says CAG report flagging ammunition shortage factually wrong

Nirmala Sitharaman says CAG report flagging ammunition shortage factually wrong

Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman today dismissed as "factually wrong" a CAG report which had stated that the defence forces had ammunition that could last for 20 days in the event of a war, and asserted there was no dearth of weapons with the defence forces.

By: | Barmer | Published: September 10, 2017 10:39 PM
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Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman today dismissed as “factually wrong” a CAG report which had stated that the defence forces had ammunition that could last for 20 days in the event of a war, and asserted there was no dearth of weapons with the defence forces. Facts were wrong and it was unnecessary to debate on the issue, she told reporters here. “After taking the charge of defence ministry, I have discussed the issue with senior officers and experts. Purchasing weapons…is a continuous process,” she said.

The Comptroller and Auditor General (CAG), in its report tabled in Parliament recently, had stated that the defence forces had ammunition that could last for 20 days in the event of a war, instead of the minimum requirement of 40 days. It criticised the state-run Ordnance Factory Board (OFB) for inadequate quantity of ammunition supplied to the Army since March 2013.

Sitharaman’s predecessor in the defence ministry, Arun Jaitely told Parliament that the findings of the CAG report, which had talked about the shortage of ammunition, related to a particular point of time. “Thereafter significant process has been made. It is a continuous process. Therefore, nobody should have any doubt about the availability of equipment or the preparedness of our forces,” he asserted.

Sitharaman, who was appointed the defence minister in the last Cabinet reshuffle, visited the Uttarlai Air Force base here.

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    VIVEK
    Sep 11, 2017 at 5:48 am
    It is time we know who is speaking truth or whether there is a diffence in moral standards for each parties. Sometimes the conflict is merely due to the fact that affected parties have different moral standards. Hindus caste system addressed these problems in an extraordinarily fine way. They by and large instructed its people to maintain close relation with those people whose mental make up, intellectual make up, financial make up are close to each other. So after all Manu was not such a bad man. Mayawati you can go for a very long walk and try to to take some intelligent persons with you.
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    1. Murthy Suppusamy
      Sep 11, 2017 at 4:14 am
      Why is she tangling her stick at CAG? They accepted CAG report on 2G scam? But refuse to accept CAG report when you are in Govt? Also, don't destroy the credibility of CAG in a open Media discussion on this defence matters. Defence matters are to be discussed under Confidential terms, inside of the Govt!. Not in open world!
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