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Army faces paucity of budget

DAINIK NATION BUREAU

Indian Army has decided to drastically cut down its supplies from state-owned ordnance factories. This move is to ensure that the money spent is instead used to procure adequate stock of critical ammunition and spares for a short intense war.

Ordnance factories’ products supplied to Army will be brought down from 94 to 50% as the Centre has not provided additional funds for emergency procurements of ammunition and spares. But supplies such as clothing (combat dress, berets, belts, shoes) to soldiers will be hit due to the move. Soldiers will have to spend their own money to buy uniforms and other clothes from civilian markets.

Even spares for certain vehicles will suffer.
The Army is working on three major projects to build this stock and requires funds worth thousands of crores. Centre has not provided these funds and the Army has been forced to dig into its own minimal budget to cater to these requirements, officials dealing with the matter ascertained it.

While looking at the budget for the 2018-19 financial year, officials explained that the Army has no other option but to reduce the supplies from ordnance factories. Of the three projects, only one has begun.

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