The United Nation has cut around Rs 338 crore from India’s two-year reimbursements for supplying “missing or faulty” equipments to peacekeeping missions in Congo and Sudan. The decision was conveyed to India in August.
When some of the records regarding this was accessed by The Indian Express, it was revealed that UN had deducted $50.45 million towards equipment meant to be carried but was not held by the units according to the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) signed with the Indian Government. Or, equipment which has been categorised as “off road or unserviceable.” Breaking the lump sum aunt in monthly tabulation, the records showed that from Match 2014 to April 2016, $53.39 million (Rs 237.1 crore) was deducted fro the Congo mission while $15.05 million (Rs 100.8 crore) or the period May 2014 to February 2016 for the South Sudan mission.
Back in 2013, the UN General Assembly had introduced the norms for deduction for “absent or unserviceable” equipment to highlight the fact that the “troops are not able to fully meet the role for which they are deployed to UN peacekeeping operations if they are not properly equipped.”
When contacted by The Indian Express, a UN spokesman from New York said, that the UN Secretariat has, in fact, “escalated the matter in recent months to those TCC’s (troop-contributing countries) associated with the units of most concern.”
“There are a number of flexibilities built into the framework to allow TCCs to address the problem. The Secretariat allows a leeway of 10 per cent of each type of equipment, and the TCC has a grace period of six months to fix the concern,” the spokesman said. However, there has been a relatively high incidence of these deductions since they were introduced from late 2013, and a number of TCCs, including India, have been affected, the spokesman added.