Defence contracts worth Rs.1190 billion signed with Indian vendors in last 4 years

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New Delhi: Confronted with a raging controversy over the Rafale deal and more particularly questions raised by Congress President Rahul Gandhi in this regard as well as his latest jibe vis-a-vis Dassault Reliance Aerospace Ltd, the Key offset partner with Dessault Aviation for 36 Rafale Aircraft worth Rs. 30000 crore being acquired for the Indian Air Force, the Government of India told Parliament today that In the last four financial years i.e. from 2014-15 to 2017-18, 128 contracts worth Rs. 1190 billion (Rs.119000 Crore) have been signed with Indian vendors for capital procurement of defence equipment.

In the last four financial years – from 2014-15 to 2017-18, Government of India has also accorded Acceptance of Necessity (AoN) to 151 proposals, worth Rs. 2667 billion (Rs.2,66,700 Crore) approximately under ‘Buy (Indian-IDDM)’, ‘Buy (Indian)’, ‘Buy and Make (Indian)’ or ‘Make’ categories of capital procurement as per Defence Procurement Procedure (DPP), which implies that Request for Proposal (RFP) shall be issued only to Indian Vendors.

This information was given by Minister of State for Defence Dr. Subhash Bhamre in a written reply to Manish Gupta in Rajya Sabha today )30 July 2018). He told the House that ‘Make in India’ in defence sector, is primarily driven by capital acquisition of defence equipment and other policy measures.

The Minister said in his reply that DPP stipulates a time schedule for completion of the procurement cycle. The time taken to undertake capital procurement of defence equipment depends on the nature and complexity of the equipment being procured. Nonetheless, under the DPP-2016 Government has laid down further provisions for ensuring swift decision making in defence procurement. In addition, all the procurement schemes are regularly reviewed and prioritized on the basis of critical operational needs of the Armed Forces.

In the Budget Speech 2018, the Government announced that it will bring out an industry friendly Defence Production Policy-2018 to promote domestic production by public sector, private sector and micro, small and medium enterprises (MSMEs).

A draft Defence Production Policy-2018 has been prepared which provides a focused, structured and significant thrust to development of defence design and production capabilities in the country. The draft policy has been shared with all concerned stakeholders for their views before its approval and final notification.


Ceasefire violations and cross-border terrorism: The death toll mounts

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New Delhi: Sixty-three persons were killed, including 40 civilians and 23 security personnel, in ceasefire violations and cross-border terrorism in the year 2017 while there were 22 casualties in 2016 and 21 and 2015.

This information was given by India’s Minister of State for Defence Dr. Subhash Bhamre in a written reply to Ram Kumar Kashyap in Rajya Sabha today (30 July 2018).

The Minister told the House that based on specific and credible inputs about terrorist teams having positioned themselves at launch pads along Line of Control to carry out infiltration and conduct terrorist strikes in Jammu and Kashmir and in various metros in other States, the Indian Army carries out operations to pre-empt infiltration by terrorists.

Cross Border Infiltrations

Details of Battle Casualties (Fatal) and (Non-Fatal) in CFVs/Infiltration by terrorists:

            Battle Casualties (Fatal):

Year Officers JCOs ORs
2015 00 01 03
2016 00 00 07
2017 01 03 19

Battle Casualties (Non-Fatal):

Year Officers JCOs ORs
2015 00 00 11
2016 02 02 35
2017 00 03 31

Details of civilians Killed / Injured during last three years in the above activities.

Year Killed Injured
2015 17 70
2016 15 66
2017 40 99

Details of Battle Casualties (Fatal) and (Non-Fatal) in terrorist activities during last three years:

Battle Casualties (Fatal):

Year Officers JCOs ORs
2015 02 02 46
2016 06 02 57
2017 05 03 31

Battle Casualties (Non-Fatal):

Year Officers JCOs ORs
2015 09 05 35
2016 05 02 78
2017 16 05 79

Details of ex gratia lump sum compensation being paid to the Next of Kin (NoK) of Defence personnel are as under:-

S. No. Details w.e.f. 01/01/2006 w.e.f. 01/10/2016
  1. Death in the course of duties attributable to acts of violence by terrorists, etc. Rs. 10 lakh Rs.25 lakh
  2. Death occurring during enemy action in war or border skirmishes or in action against   militants, terrorists, etc. Rs.15 lakh Rs.35 lakh
  3. Army Group Insurance Fund Upto 30/09/16 w.e.f. 01/10/16
Officers Rs. 60 lakh Rs.75 lakh
JCOs/Other Ranks Rs.30 lakh Rs.37.5 lakh

Rs. 40 lakhs

(w.e.f. 1.1.18)

4. (a) Liberalised Family Pension as applicable to Battle casualty which is equal to emoluments last drawn by the deceased individual.

(b)  Death-cum-Retirement Gratuity which is based on length of service rendered and emoluments such drawn by the deceased individual.