You are here: Home » Economy & Policy » News
Business Standard

No dearth of weapons with defence forces, CAG report incorrect: Sitharaman

CAG report stated that the defence forces had ammunition that could last for 20 days in event of war

Press Trust of India  |  Barmer (Rajasthan) 

Nirmala Sitharaman
Nirmala Sitharaman. Illustration: Ajay Mohanty

Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman on Sunday dismissed as "factually wrong" a which had stated that the had ammunition that could last for 20 days in the event of a war, and asserted there was no dearth of with the

Facts were wrong and it was unnecessary to debate on the issue, she told reporters in Barmer.


"After taking the charge of defence ministry, I have discussed the issue with senior officers and experts. Purchasing ..Is a continuous process," she said.



The Comptroller and Auditor General (CAG), in its report tabled in recently, had stated that the 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 since March 2013.

Sitharaman's predecessor in the defence ministry, Arun Jaitely told 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.

First Published: Mon, September 11 2017. 12:53 IST
RECOMMENDED FOR YOU