Armed forces get special powers for urgent purchases worth Rs 300 cr

New Delhi (NVI): In the wake of prevailing situation along the northern border, especially the India-China face-off in Ladakh, the defence ministry today delegated special powers the armed forces for urgent purchases worth Rs 300 crore.

A special meeting of the Defence Acquisition Council (DAC) was convened in this regard today under the chairmanship of Union Defence Minister Rajnath Singh, the Ministry of Defence said in a statement.

“The DAC delegated the powers for progressing urgent Capital Acquisition Cases upto Rs 300 crores to the Armed Forces to meet their emergent operational requirements,” read an official statement by MoD.

The Ministry said that this will shrink the procurement timelines and ensure the placement of orders within six months and commencement of deliveries within one year.

Defence Minister Rajnath Singh also tweeted: “The powers for progressing urgent Capital Acquisition cases upto Rs 300 crores have now been delegated to the Armed Forces to meet their emergent operational requirements This will shrink procurement timelines, ensure speedy placement of orders and start deliveries within 1 year.”

It is pertinent to mention here that the three services have started procurement of a series of military equipment and weapon systems amid the ongoing tense border situation between India and China after the violent Galwan valley clashes last month.

Indian and Chinese troops had a deadly face-off in Galwan Valley area of Eastern Ladakh on June 15 in which 20 Indian soldiers lost their lives. Scores of PLA troops were also killed by China has not revealed the exact numbers so far.

Although a series of military and diplomatic level talks have taken place between the two countries after the stand-off, both sides have enhanced border infrastructure along Line of Actual Control (LAC).

-ARK