Parliamentary panel raps government for ‘vintage equipment’ with Indian Army

New Delhi, May 8 (IANS) A parliamentary panel has expressed concern over “large-scale vintage equipment” with the Indian Army and pulled up the government on the tardy modernisation of the armed forces

“The committee are concerned to note that the army is operating with large-scale vintage equipment,” the parliamentary standing committee on defence, headed by Major General B.C. Khanduri (retd) of the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), said in a report tabled in the two houses or Parliament.

“Furthermore, there is deficiency in number of vehicles, small arms, infantry specialist weapons, sight and surveillance equipment, signal and communication equipment, radars and power equipment and generators, etc,” said the panel, which comprises members from both houses of parliament.

The government, in its response to the panel’s query on defence preparedness, said that the “ideal mix” of state-of-the-art, current and vintage weapons and equipment was 30:40:30 and efforts were made to achieve this.

“Modernisation and capability development of the armed forces is a dynamic and continuous process based on operational requirements and threat perception,” the government said.

The committee, however, termed the response “bureaucratic in nature”, adding that it “does not convey anything about specific action taken or proposed.”

“The committee are not satisfied with the information provided by the ministry on defence preparedness,” the panel said, adding it found the response to be of a “routine nature” and that “it appears that the ministry has tried to conceal the information”.

Pulling up the government, the panel said the facts relating to issues ike “accretion of manpower, procurement of right mix of modern and conventional weapons and equipment, ammunition and infrastructure development are perennial problems and no concrete action seems to have been initiated to resolve them”.

The panel noted that though the government has taken a number of steps, the shortage of officers is “perennial”.

“This shows that the current measures are not sufficient to draw the youth to join armed forces. Therefore, additional steps need to be taken in consultation with Defence Institute of Psychological Research (DIPR) or other agencies concerned so as to make the armed forces more attractive,” the panel said.

Leave a Reply

Please enter your comment!

The opinions, views, and thoughts expressed by the readers and those providing comments are theirs alone and do not reflect the opinions of or any employee thereof. is not responsible for the accuracy of any of the information supplied by the readers. Responsibility for the content of comments belongs to the commenter alone.  

We request the readers to refrain from posting defamatory, inflammatory comments and not indulge in personal attacks. However, it is obligatory on the part of to provide the IP address and other details of senders of such comments to the concerned authorities upon their request.

Hence we request all our readers to help us to delete comments that do not follow these guidelines by informing us at Lets work together to keep the comments clean and worthful, thereby make a difference in the community.

Please enter your name here