The authorisation and holding of ammunition is as per operational requirement of the Indian Armed Forces. Adequate reserves have been authorised in terms of War Wastage Reserves (WWR) to cater for contingencies during war. There is adequate stock of ammunition with the Indian Armed Forces and it is well equipped for meeting any operational requirements. Further, making up of stock of ammunition to desired level is a continuous process, the requirements for which are identified every year and procurements are undertaken accordingly.
Some of the measures taken to ensure adequate availability of ammunition include placing of a Five Year Roll On Indent on Ordnance Factory Board (OFB), finalization of Ammunition Road Map in respect of certain identified ammunition and procurements thereof. In addition, financial powers to ensure the availability and maintenance of minimum levels of critical ammunition has been delegated to the Armed Forces to meet any emergent requirement and to enable maintain preparedness at all times.
The Government has taken a series of measures to enhance capacity of ordnance factory boards to meet the long term requirement of the armed forces. These include modernization of ordnance factories by replacement/ reconditioning of outlived Plant and Machinery to sustain the original capacity, acquisition of modern technology/manufacturing processes for capacity augmentation of existing product mix or creation of capacity for new product, Civil Infrastructure and services viz. Production & Services of buildings, Power supply, Water supply, Compressed Air supply etc.
This information was given by RakshaRajyaMantriDr.SubhashBhamre in a written reply to Shri Vivek Gupta in Rajya Sabha today.
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