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According To CAG Report, India's Ammunition Stock Will Exhaust After 10 Days Of War

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| July 22 , 2017 , 08:08 IST

A report by the CAG states that as many as 61 types of ammunition - out of a total of 152 types of ammunition considered critical by the Indian Army to fight a war - is available for just 10 days, the Comptroller and Auditor General of India (CAG) has found.

In its report that was presented in Parliament, the CAG found deficiencies in the performance of the Ordinance Factory Board (OFB) and found no improvement in the functioning of its factories in comparison to what it was in 2013.

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'We observed no significant improvement in the availability of ammunition (September 2016)''availability of 55 per cent types of ammunitions was below MARL i.e. minimum inescapable requirement to be maintained for operational preparedness and 40 percent types of ammunitions were in critical level, having stock of less than 10 days,' the CAG report noted .

Another expert (Retired) Major General D. K. Mehta said, 'Deficiency across the board is alarming. We have to maintain war wastage reserve and also have to cater for the practice ammunition which is done annually. Thus the scarcity as projected by the CAG report further adds to the criticality.'

'Ammunition is a critical piece of operational preparedness and therefore we must assure that the minimum acceptable level of ammunition is always available. And where there is a shortfall I am given to understand that government is making efforts to make it up,' former Armored Corps officer Retired Lieutenant General A .K. Singh told media.

N S Babu

I cannot understand why such information is available in the public domain. Who is leaking such information and it calls severe punishment and sacking from Army or the Defence Ministry of India. India is the only where such things are being discussed in public and the Media releasing such info also needs to be punished. These are not matters to be discussed in public. What is the Defence Minister doing? It is also ridiculous that two important ministries are with one person. Will the government take action?