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Govt grants emergency powers to armed forces to buy weapons: Report
Govt grants emergency powers to armed forces to buy weapons: Report

In the wake of the Pulwama terror attack, the government reportedly granted emergency powers to the Indian Army, Navy & Air Force to procure weapons & military hardware in order to enhance their operational preparedness along the border with Pakistan. The threshold granted to the forces for each proposal is around ₹300 crore. The powers were granted several weeks ago.


New Delhi, Apr 16 (PTI) In the wake of the Pulwama terror attack, the government has granted emergency powers to the three services to procure weapons & military hardware to enhance their operational preparedness along the border with Pakistan, official sources said.

The government also relaxed certain rules to cut delays in military purchase like allowing the three services to procure required weapons & equipment from a single vendor.

In March last year, the vice chiefs of the three services were granted additional financial powers to carry out specific procurement to ensure operational preparedness.

Now, the government has granted more powers to the Army, Navy & the Indian Air Force to go for buying of critical weapons & equipment to help them effectively deal with any hostilities along the border with Pakistan.

In March last year, the defense ministry enhanced the financial powers of the three vice chiefs from Rs 100 crore to Rs 500 crore for specific procurement arms & ammunition.

Sources said the threshold granted to the three forces couple of weeks ago for each proposal is around Rs 300 crore.

India’s military planes struck a terrorist training camp in Pakistan’s Balakot on February 26, in response to the Pulwama terror attack in which 40 CRPF personnel were killed.

Pakistan-based terror group Jaish-e-Mohammed claimed responsibility for the Pulwama attack.

A day after the Balakot strike, Pakistan launched a counter-offensive, unsuccessfully targeting several Indian military installations in Jammu & Kashmir. THM