More financial powers for India's armed forces
In a significant move, Indian Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman has approved the enhancement of powers of the Vice Chief of the Armed Forces for procurement of essential weaponry with the objective of ensuring operational preparedness, according to an official announcement, writes Anil Bhat
Mar 15, 2018
By Anil Bhat
In a significant move, Indian Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman has approved the enhancement of powers of the Vice Chief of the Armed Forces for procurement of essential weaponry with the objective of ensuring operational preparedness, according to an official announcement. Till now, powers for procurement of articles had been restricted.
A number of initiatives have been taken by the Defence Ministry in the recent past to simplify and streamline the procedures and decentralise the decision-making through delegation of powers. Now, the government has enhanced financial delegation to the Armed Forces in respect of revenue procurement as well.
This delegation will greatly enhance the ability of the Armed Forces to keep a high degree of serviceability of the in-service equipment, procurement of stores including ammunition, etc. thereby leading towards a significant boost in ensuring operational preparedness, Indian Army officers said.
It is hoped that with this step the Armed Forces will be able to expedite procurement of urgent defence requirements.
(The author, an Indian Army veteran and strategic analyst, can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org)
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