25 Th ADM RD katari Memorial Lecture at New Delhi




25 Th ADM RD katari Memorial Lecture at New Delhi

Dr C Raja Mohan, delivered the 25th Admiral RD Katari Memorial Lecture titled “Naval Diplomacy: India’s New Imperative” at Dr DS Kothari Auditorium, DRDO Bhawan, Dalhousie Raod, New Delhi this evening. The speaker, Dr C Raja Mohan, a Journalist and a Foreign Policy Analyst, is a distinguished fellow at the Centre for Policy Research, New Delhi. He has had a number of stints in journalism and authored books on strategic issues. Admiral RK Dhowan, PVSM, AVSM, YSM, ADC, Chief of the Naval Staff delivered the keynote address. Mrs Lalita Ramdas, daughter of Late Admiral RD Katari and Admiral L Ramdas, along with a large number of dignitaries from academia, think tanks and Ministry of Defence attended the function organized by the Navy Foundation Delhi Chapter. 


Navy Foundation (NF) is an organisation of retired naval officers that has a footprint pan-India with its 15 branches spread across the length and breadth of the country. The Chief of the Naval Staff is also the President of Navy Foundation. Apart from networking the veterans’ community to harness their efforts towards nation building, the organisation also undertakes philanthropic work and conducts activities to generate awareness on maritime issues. Towards this, the Navy Foundation Delhi Chapter conducts an annual lecture by eminent speakers in memory of late Admiral RD Katari. 


Admiral RD Katari, the 1st Indian Chief of the Naval Staff (22 Apr 1958 to 04 Jun 1962) is widely admired and much loved for the challenge he undertook at the young age of 47 years towards integrating the best practices of Royal Navy to lay the foundation of modern Indian Navy. He is also remembered for his effective dealing of the hangovers and influences of British Imperial rule in India, and in laying the groundwork for a strong Navy. Admiral RD Katari settled down in Secunderabad after his retirement (at the age of 51 years) and served as the Chairman of Andhra Pradesh State Road Transport Corporation (APSRTC) from Dec 62 to May 64. Thereafter he was appointed as India’s Ambassador to Burma for five years. 

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Rescue Operation at Siachen 

On the night of 02/03 Feb, 2016, a massive ice wall  facing Sonam Post in Northern Glacier (Siachen) suddenly collapsed and  10 Army personnel were trapped under it. All possible resources of the Army/Air Force were mobilized and directed towards the rescue operation launched to   rescue them. On 08th Feb, 2016, mortal remains of five soldiers were recovered and Lance Naik Hanumanthappa Koppad was rescued alive. On 09th Feb, 2016, mortal remains of the remaining four soldiers were recovered.  Lance Naik Koppad, however, expired on 11th Feb, 2016 despite medical efforts at Research and Referral Hospital, New Delhi.

The details of benefits/compensation admissible to Next of Kin of the soldiers (fatal battle casualties) is as under:

MONETARY COMPENSATION TO SOLDIERS’ FAMILIES:

Ex Gratia Lump Sum Compensation from Central Government:
·         Death occurring due to accidents in the course of duties  -  Rs.10.00 lakh
·         Death in the course of duties attributable to acts of violence by terrorists, etc.         -Rs.10.00 lakh
·         Death occurring during enemy action  in war or border skirmishes or in action against militants, terrorists, etc.   -  Rs.15.00 lakh
·         Death occurring during enemy action in International war or war like engagements specifically notified   -            Rs.20.00 lakh
·         Death occurring while on duty in the specified high altitude, inaccessible border posts, etc. on account of natural disasters, extreme weather conditions - Rs.15.00 lakh.

Details of other Monetary Benefits entitled to Next of Kin (NoK) of Battle Casualty:
·         Liberalised  Family Pension as applicable to Battle Casualty that is equal to emoluments last drawn by the deceased individual.
·         Death-cum-Retirement Gratuity  that is based on length of service rendered and emoluments last drawn by the deceased individual.
·         Army Group Insurance Fund:-
o   Officers                       :           Rs. 60.00 lakh
o   JCO/ORs         :           Rs. 30.00 lakh
·         Army Group Insurance Maturity that is based on the contribution made by the deceased Army personnel.
·         Army Wives Welfare Association Fund:-
o   Officers           :           Rs.10,000/-
o   JCOs/ORs       :           Rs.15,000/-
·         Army Officers Benevolent Fund:-
o   Officers           :           Rs.50,000/-
·         Army Central Welfare Fund:  Rs.30,000/-

Other Benefits:
o   Education Concession Card
o   Air Travel Concession Card
o   Telephone Concession

This information was given by Defence Minister Shri Manohar Parrikar in a written reply to Shri R Gopalakrishnan in Lok Sabha today.

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Defence Deals 
During the last three years 162 contracts with total value of Rs. 133093.29 Crore have been signed with Indian and foreign vendors for procurement of defence equipment, including Ships, Missiles, Rockets, Simulators, Tanks, Guns, Aircrafts, Helicopters and Radars.  The details are as follows:

Year
No. of Contracts
Value (Rs. in crore)
2012-13
73
44306.56
2013-14
42
23927.21
2014-15
47
64859.52
Total:
162
133093.29

The 162 contracts include 95 contracts signed with Indian vendors and 67 with vendors from foreign countries, including Russia (18), USA (17), Israel (13), France (6) and others (13). A Memorandum of understanding has been signed with the Government of France on 25th January 2016 for the purchase of 36 Rafale Aircraft.  Price negotiation is underway.

During the last three years and current year, Defence Cooperation agreements have been signed with Peru, Saudi Arabia, Japan, Sudan, USA, Kazakhstan, Turkmenistan, Kyrgyzstan, Singapore and Brunei.

This information was given by Defence Minister Shri Manohar Parrikar in a written reply to Shri Kapil Moreshwar Patil and others in Lok Sabha today.

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Defence Projects Under Make in India Programme 

The objectives of ‘Make in India’ programme of the Government are pursued by according preference to ‘Buy (Indian)’, ‘Buy and Make (Indian)’ & ‘Make’ categories of capital acquisition over ‘Buy & Make (Global)’ or ‘Buy (Global)’ categories and other policy initiatives such as liberalization of FDI policy & Industrial Licensing policy, simplification of export procedures, creating level playing field for Indian private and public sector companies. In the current Financial Year 2015-16, 33 capital acquisition proposals amounting to Rs.55,800 Crore (approximately ) have been accorded ‘Acceptance of Necessity (AoN)’under ‘Buy (Indian)’ and ‘Buy & Make (Indian)’ categories of capital acquisition till Jan 16. 

So far, 34 FDI proposals/Joint Ventures have been approved in defence sector for manufacture of various defence equipment, both with Indian public and private sector companies. FDI amounting to Rs. 24.84 crore (US$ 5.02 million) has been received in the Defence Industry Sector from April 2000 to September 2015. Department of Industrial Policy & Promotion (DIPP) has issued 319 Industrial Licenses (ILs) to 190 Companies for manufacture of various defence equipment till December 2015. 

This information was given by Minister of State for Defence Rao Inderjit Singh in a written reply to Shri Rajesh Kumar Diwaker and Shri Pralhad Joshi in Lok Sabha today. 

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Sainik Schools 

As per the Memorandum of Association of the Sainik Schools Society, 1961 the objects of the society include establishment of Sainik Schools in various parts of India to provide special School education of a high standard with the aim of preparing boys academically and physically for entry into the National Defence Academy and other walks of life.

Sainik Schools are established on receipt of a specific request from the State Government. The State Government is also required to provide infrastructure in the form of land, educational and residential buildings, games fields and other equipments. Once a proposal to the effect is received from the State Government, in-principle approval is accorded after assessing the suitability of the proposal. Thereafter, a Memorandum of Agreement is signed between the Ministry of Defence and the State Government before Sainik Schools are established. Presently, there are 25 Sainik Schools in the country covering 21 State, which are as under:

 S. No.
Name of School
State
1
Sainik School Korukonda
Andhra Pradesh
2
Sainik School Kalikiri
Andhra Pradesh
3
Sainik School Goalpara
Assam
4
Sainik School Nalanda
Bihar
5
Sainik School Gopalganj
Bihar
6
Sainik School Ambikapur
Chhattisgarh
7
Sainik School Balachadi
Gujarat
8
Sainik School Kunjpura
Haryana
9
Sainik School Rewari
Haryana
10
Sainik School Sujanpur Tira
Himachal Pradesh
11
Sainik School Nagrota
Jammu & Kashmir
12
Sainik School Tilaiya
Jharkhand
13
Sainik School Bijapur
Karnataka
14
Sainik School Kodagu
Karnataka
15
Sainik School Kazhakootam
Kerala
16
Sainik School Rewa
Madhya Pradesh
17
Sainik School Satara
Maharashtra
18
Sainik School Imphal
Manipur
19
Sainik School Punglwa
Nagaland
20
Sainik School Bhubaneswar
Odisha
21
Sainik School Kapurthala
Punjab
22
Sainik School Chittorgarh
Rajasthan
23
Sainik School Amaravathi Nagar
Tamil Nadu
24
Sainik School Ghorakhal
Uttarakhand
25
Sainik School Purulia
West Bengal

In-principle” approval has been accorded/memorandum of Agreement signed for setting up of 11 more Sainik Schools, which are as under:

S. No.
State
Districts
Remarks
1.
Arunachal Pradesh
Niglok Village District East Siang
“In-principle” approval accorded
2.
Mizoram
Chhingchhip
Memorandum of Agreement signed
3.
Odisha
Sambalpur
“In-principle” approval accorded
4.
Rajasthan
Alwar
Memorandum of Agreement signed
5.
Rajasthan
Jhunjhunu
Memorandum of Agreement signed
6.
Uttar Pradesh
Jhansi
Memorandum of Agreement signed
7.
Uttar Pradesh
Mainpuri
Memorandum of Agreement signed
8.
Uttar Pradesh
Amethi
Memorandum of Agreement signed
9.
Uttarakhand
Rudraprayag
Memorandum of Agreement signed
10.
West Bengal
Darjeeling
“In-principle” approval accorded
11.
Maharashtra
Chandrapur
“In-principle” approval accorded

Status of the other proposals received from the State/UTs for setting up of Sainik Schools is as under:

S. No.
State
Action taken by the Government
1.
Sikkim
Site survey carried out and the site found not suitable. State Govt. to indicate another site.
2.
Punjab
State Govt to indicate site for the School.
3.
Jharkhand
State Govt to indicate site for the School.

4.
M.P.
Site survey completed for Sainik School at Sagar.
5.
Assam
Site Survey completed for Sainik School Golaghat.
6.
Telangana
State Government to intimate time schedule for site survey for Sainik School at Warangal City.

This information was given by Defence Minister Shri Manohar Parrikar in a written reply to Shri Ganesh Singh and others in Lok Sabha today.

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Terrorist Attack at Air Force Station Pathankot 

A group of terrorist attacked the Air Force base, Pathankot, Punjab in the intervening night of 1.1.2016 and 2.1.2016. The terrorists were successfully prevented from damaging the strategic assets of Indian Air Force (IAF) and were neutralised by the Indian security forces. In the said terror attack, 7 defence personnel lost their lives and 25 defence personnel were injured. Compensation for loss of lives is paid as per extant Government orders / instructions. 

The Central Government has directed the National Investigation Agency (NIA) to take up the investigation of the cases relating to the terrorist attack on the Air Force base at Pathankot. The investigation is not yet complete. A joint operation by the Army, Air Force and National Security Guard (NSG) was conducted to neutralize the said terrorist attack. 

The Government has constituted a Committee under the chairmanship of a former Vice Chief of Army Staff to inter-alia suggest measures to strengthen security of various military establishments across the country. 

This information was given by Defence Minister Shri Manohar Parrikar in a written reply to Shri Gajanan Kirtikar and others in Lok Sabha today. 

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Corruption in Defence Deals 

The Government is aware of the said Report. The Government remains committed to transparency, probity and accountability in defence procurements. The capital procurement of defence weapons / equipment is carried out as per the provisions contained in Defence Procurement Procedures (DPP), which, inter alia, contains provisions of signing of Pre-Contract Integrity Pact (PCIP) and submission of Integrity Pact Bank Guarantee (IPBG) by the vendor with an aim to ensure highest degree of probity, public accountability, transparency, free competition and impartiality. 

Allegations of corruption/commission/scams are dealt with as per provisions of DPP and, wherever necessary, the cases are referred to the appropriate agency for further investigation. Further, in case of delinquent vendors, action such as debarment of the vendor, termination of contract, imposition of penal damages and forfeiture of Bank Guarantee is taken. 

This information was given by Defence Minister Shri Manohar Parrikar in a written reply to Shri P Kumar in Lok Sabha today. 

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Women Fighter Pilots 

Government has accorded approval for women to join as Short Service Commission Officers in the fighter stream of the Indian Air Force on experimental basis for a period of five years. Three women trainees have volunteered and have been inducted in the Fighter Stream and are undergoing training. 

This information was given by Defence Minister Shri Manohar Parrikar in a written reply to Dr. P. Venugopal in Lok Sabha today. 

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Cyber Security 

It is common practice for hackers / spies of Intelligence agencies to hack computer systems to gain intelligence about target countries. There have been cyber attacks on some isolated internet connections of Defence Personnel. However, all computers employed for official work by the Defence forces are comprehensively isolated from the internet to obviate any breach. There has been no known or reported case of Intelligence agencies trying to steal our defence secrets through the use of Computer Storage Media. 

The preventive measures being taken by Armed Forces include: 

Maintaining physically segregated exclusive networks by the Armed Forces. 

Establishment of Cyber Emergency Response Teams (CERTs) to take care of any threats. 

Institution of safeguards in form of audits, physical checks and policy guidelines. 

This information was given by Defence Minister Shri Manohar Parrikar in a written reply to Shri Harish Chandra Alias Harish Dwivedi in Lok Sabha today. 

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Defence Imports 

During financial years 2012-13 to 2014-15, total 67 orders have been placed on foreign vendors for major defence procurements by following the guidelines laid down in Defence Procurement Procedure (DPP). However, revenue procurement is made following provisions of Defence Procurement Manual (DPM). 

Nine recommendations of Kelkar Committee related to procurement have been implemented. DPP has been revised from time to time to introduce increased level of transparency and accountability in the defence acquisition process. 

This information was given by Defence Minister Shri Manohar Parrikar in a written reply to Shri M Chandrakasi in Lok Sabha today. 

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National War Memorial and National War Museum 

Government has initiated steps to construct National War Memorial and National War Museum in the country. The Cabinet in its meeting held on 7th October 2015 has approved the proposal for construction of National War Memorial at ‘C’ Hexagon of India Gate and the National War Museum either at Princess Park Complex in Delhi or any other suitable site in the vicinity. The matter is under active consideration of this Ministry. 

Provision of Rs.2.00 Crore was made available under Capital Outlay on Defence Services towards National War Memorial under Budget Estimates 2015-16 and no expenditure has been incurred till date. 

This information was given by Defence Minister Shri Manohar Parrikar in a written reply to Shri R Parthipan in Lok Sabha today. 

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Resettlement of Defence Personnel 

Approximately, 55,000 personnel retire annually from the armed forces. Government is imparting training to the personnel of the Armed Forces before their retirement. Indian Institute of Management (IIM) has also come forward to help them in finding employment. IIM Ahmedabad, Lucknow and Indore are conducting 24 weeks Management Courses regularly for Armed Forces personnel. There is no proposal from them for encouraging entrepreneurship among Ex-servicemen.

Details of Ex-Servicemen (ESM) selected for various jobs in the Central Government Departments during the last three years in the country is as follows:-

Year
Central Government Departments
Central Para Military Forces
2013
3826
129
2014
4432
01
2015
2151
90

To facilitate ESM to get suitable employment, the following steps are taken by the Government:-

·         Dissemination of information on Directorate General Resettlement (DGR) website regarding Open Competitive Examination for various posts, dates and syllabus etc.
·         DGR signed a Memorandum of Understanding with Confederation of Indian Industry to arrange job fairs by Corporate Sectors to provide additional employment opportunities to ESM.
·         A job portal has been hosted by DGR wherein ESM an upload their Bio-data and corporate / other sectors can approach them and pick as per their requirement.
·         Organize ESM Job Fairs Pan India to provide an interface between Corporate & ESM.
·         Regular interaction with corporate houses to generate entrepreneur / employment opportunities for ESM.

This information was given by Minister of State for Defence Rao Inderjit Singh in a written reply to Shri Ashok Mahadeorao Nete and Shri Ravneet Singh in Lok Sabha today.

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Cyber Threat 

There has been no report or instance of any cyber breach of secured networks of the Armed Forces over the past three years. However, there have been some instances of cyber attacks of internet connected computers of other establishments under Ministry of Defence. 

The Armed Forces have air gapped and exclusive secure networks. These are separated from civil and public networks. Management of these exclusive networks including ensuring cyber security, is carried out by the respective Armed Forces. 

This information was given by Defence Minister Shri Manohar Parrikar in a written reply to Dr. Sanjay Jaiswal in Lok Sabha today. 

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Militant Attacks 

Army Battle Casualty (Fatal) suffered in terrorists action from 1st January to 21st February, 2016 are as follows:-
Officers           -           03
JCOs/OR         -           03

Compensation / relief admissible to the family / next of kins of martyred soldiers are annexed. The Counter Terrorism grid has been revitalised and Counter Terrorist operations have been conducted to neutralize the terrorists. Further Army carries out periodic review of the security arrangements, threat perception and analysis of past incidents.  Based on these reviews, suitable drills and procedures are adopted to counter such threats.
MONETARY COMPENSATION TO SOLDIERS’ FAMILIES:

Ex Gratia Lump Sum Compensation from Central Government:

·                     Death occurring due to accidents in the course of duties  -  Rs.10.00 lakh
·                     Death in the course of duties attributable to acts of violence by terrorists, etc.- Rs.10.00 lakh
·                     Death occurring during enemy action in war or border skirmishes or in action against militants, terrorists, etc.   -  Rs.15.00 lakh
·                     Death occurring during enemy action in International war or war like engagements specifically notified   -            Rs. 20.00 lakh
·                     Death occurring while on duty in the specified high altitude, inaccessible border posts, etc. on account of natural disasters, extreme weather conditions - Rs.15.00 lakh.

Details of other Monetary Benefits entitled to Next of Kin (NoK) of Battle Casualty:

·         Liberalised Family Pension as applicable to Battle Casualty that is equal to emoluments last drawn by the deceased individual.
·         Death-cum-Retirement Gratuity that is based on length of service rendered and emoluments last drawn by the deceased individual.
·         Army Group Insurance Fund:-
o   Officers           :           Rs. 60.00 lakh
o   JCO/ORs         :           Rs. 30.00 lakh
·         Army Group Insurance Maturity that is based on the contribution made by the deceased Army personnel.
·         Army Wives Welfare Association Fund:-
o   Officers           :           Rs.10,000/-
o   JCOs/ORs       :           Rs.15,000/-
·         Army Officers Benevolent Fund:-
o   Officers           :           Rs.50,000/-
·         Army Central Welfare Fund:  Rs.30,000/-

Other Benefits:

·                     Education Concession Card
·                     Air Travel Concession Card
·                     Telephone Concession

This information was given by Defence Minister Shri Manohar Parrikar in a written reply to Shri V Elumalai in Lok Sabha today.

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Strategic Defence Co-Operations 

The Terms of Reference (TOR) of Indo-U.S. Defence Technology and Trade Initiative (DTTI) were signed on 22nd January, 2015. The aim of the DTTI Group is to work towards resolving process issues impeding cooperation and alignment of systems; increasing the flow of technology and investment; developing capabilities and partnership in co- development and co-production; and intensifying cooperation in research and development. 

This information was given by Minister of State for Defence Rao Inderjit Singh in a written reply to Adv. Joice George in Lok Sabha today. 

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Defence Preparedness 
The details of the import budget for defence during the last three years, country-wise is as follows:

Army  (` in crores)
Country
Financial year

2012-13
2013-14
2014-15
Russia
593.80
936.20
2,110.12
Israel
199.67
412.06
1,023.87
USA
61.77
0.95
0.00
Others
136.43
151.79
318.62
Total
991.67
1,501.00
3,452.61

Navy   (` in crores)

Country
Financial year

2012-13
2013-14
2014-15
USA
130.29
5,576.78
1,369.65
Russia
3,351.72
4,249.11
4840.43
Israel
77.48
309.98
188.00
UK
703.72
302.92
38.11
France
97.86
1,465.45
240.00
Germany
387.51
160.67
36.85
Italy
565.01
191.30
24.90
Ukraine
637.14
189.08
3.55
Sri Lanka
0
87.55
100.49
Kyrgyzstan
3.85
0.73
0.00
Kazakhstan
10.62
22.65
0.00
Canada
2.15
1.76
42.00
Singapore
0.25
6.85
0.00
Norway
0.17
0.18
0.00
UAE
0.11
0.11
0.00
Japan
0
0.07
0.01
Netherland
0
0.10
0.00
Sweden
0.92
12.12
0.00
Finland
0
0.14
0.00
South Korea
0
0.26
0.01
Total
5,968.80
12,577.81
6,884.00

Air Force           (` in crores)

Country
Financial year

2012-13
2013-14
2014-15
France
2,469.13
3,108.00
515.14
Israel
481.58
530.00
562.29
Russia
4002.16
6,445.00
7,434.24
UK
259.71
9.44
404.17
Ukraine
294.51
1,990.00
349.79
USA
11,135.51
7,863.00
4,355.66
Austria
19.35
39.26
2.43
Sweden
0.00
0.13
0.00
Finland
0.00
0.00
0.35
Germany
15.06
0.00
0.00
Singapore
0.00
0.00
0.00
Australia
0.00
0.11
0.11
Uzbekistan
0.00
0.00
0.00
South Africa
0.00
0.00
11.61
Switzerland
498.03
942.60
999.40
Bulgaria
29.51
0.00
14.78
UAE
4.85
0.00
0.00
Spain
0.00
0.00
5.79
Others
11.55
0.00
0.00
Total
19,220.95
20,927.54
14,655.75

Coast Guard                              (` in crores)

Year
Amount
2012-13
135.97
2013-14
88.48
2014-15
59.33

Capital procurement of defence equipment is carried out as per Defence Procurement Procedure (DPP-2013). It provides that preference will be given to indigenous design, development and manufacture of defence equipment. Therefore, whenever the required arms, ammunition and equipment can be made by Indian Industry within the timelines required by the Services, the procurement will be made from indigenous sources. The DPP-2013 mandates higher preference to the ‘Buy(Indian)’, ‘Buy and Make (Indian)’ and ‘Make’ categorization in Capital Procurement. The Defence Production Policy focuses on greater self-reliance in defence production. Government has also raised FDI limit in defence production from 26% to 49%.
            The expenditure on capital acquisition in respect of orders placed on Indian vendors and foreign vendors during the period from 2011-2012 to 2014-2015 was Rs.1,38,630.82 crore and Rs. 1,08,852.55 crore respectively. The expenditure in respect of orders placed on foreign vendors has decreased from       Rs. 35,082.10 crore in 2013-14 to Rs. 24,992.36 crore in 2014-15.  Information to these parts of the Question cannot be divulged in the interest of national security.

This information was given by Defence Minister Shri Manohar Parrikar in a written reply to Shri KRP Prabakaran and others in Lok Sabha today.


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Modernisation and Security of Shipyards 

Government has plans to modernise and upgrade the shipyards where various types of warships and submarines are produced. A comprehensive assessment of the modernisation needs of the Defence Shipyards have been made based on the requirement of the ongoing and future Projects. The modernisation programme is intended not only to upgrade the existing infrastructure but also to expand their capacities in a significant manner and induct state of the art technology, so as to reduce build periods and increase productivity. Accordingly the DPSU Shipyards i.e. Mazagon Dock Shipbuilders Ltd (MDL), Garden Reach Shipbuilders & Engineers Ltd (GRSE), Goa Shipyard Ltd (GSL) and Hindustan Shipyard Ltd (HSL) have embarked on a comprehensive modernisation programme. Details are as under:- 

MDL: 

MDL has undertaken the ‘Mazdock Modernisation Program’ at a cost of Rs.966.88 Cr. The modernisation included creation of Module Workshop, 300 Ton Goliath Crane, New Wet Basin and Cradle Assembly Shop. MDL, with the completion of the modernisation program is aiming for a paradigm shift in Warship construction i.e. construction from unit assembly to block assembly enabling ‘Integrated Modular Construction’. This would substantially reduce the construction/building periods. 

Post modernisation, the capacity of outfitting has increased from hitherto 3 warships 5 Warships and from 3 submarines to 6 submarines. The submarine building capacity is being further enhanced by constructing additional submarine related infrastructure. 

GRSE: 

The modernisation Plan which was focused on enabling modular construction has been completed at a financial outlay of Rs.606 Cr. GRSE is now capable of constructing concurrently multiple large modern ships. GRSE modernisation plan included creation of the following facilities:- 

Modern hull shop, upgradation of TRIBON ship design software, augmenting capacity of inclined berth, shipbuilding shop etc. 

Dry Dock of 10,000 Ton capacity, inclined berth of 4500 Ton capacity, Pier Quay and associated works & systems. 

Goliath Crane of 250 Ton capacity. 

Module Hall, Paint Cell & Equipment. 

GSL: 

GSL has undertaken a planned modernisation programme and is in the process of creating infrastructure for indigenous construction of MCMVs (Mine Counter Measure Vessels) for Indian Navy. Infrastructure modernisation plan is being implemented in four phases of which Phase 1&2 has been completed in March 2011. Work for balance phases are in progress. On completion of modernisation plan, GSL will have the capacity to build high technology glass-fibre reinforced plastic (GRP) hull Mine Counter Measure Vessels (MCMVs) indigenously with the help of foreign technology provider. In addition, this will also substantially enhance the rate of production and shipbuilding capacity of the yard. 

Post modernisation:- 

GSL will overcome the constraints in terms of launch weight restriction by installation of 6000 Ton shiplift & transfer system with associated civil structures (i.e. improvement from the existing 1500 Ton to 6000 Ton capacity). 

There will be addition of construction berths for Offshore Patrol Vessels (from 1 to 3 for OPV size ships). 

Augmentation of Jetty Berthing Space (from 4 wet berths to 10 wet berths). 

Augmented material handling & crane capacity (addition of new workshop cranes from 5 Ton to 80 Ton capacity). 

New Level Luffing outdoor cranes upto 60 Ton Lifting capacity, two new block transporters of 100 Ton capacity. 

Increased repair capability with two berths for repairs of ships upto 6000 Ton and rationalisation of layout and material flow for efficient modular construction methodology. 

HSL: 

Currently the Repair and Refurbishment of Machinery & Infrastructure (RRMI) to modernise and upgrade the shipyard is under progress. The RRMI activities are being carried out progressively to meet the requirement for construction of future platforms. 

The Government regularly reviews the security of the defence factories and shipyards. Periodic ‘Industrial Security Inspection’ of the DPSUs is carried by IB. Progress report on the observations of IB report are submitted every six months by the defence factories and shipyards to IB / MHA. The Department of Defence Production, has also uploaded a ‘Security Manual’ for the licensed Defence Industry on its website

This information was given by Minister of State for Defence Rao Inderjit Singh in a written reply to Shri Sunil Kumar Mondal in Lok Sabha today. 


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OROP Scheme 

Detailed instructions along with OROP tables on implementation of OROP have been issued on 3.2.2016. Considering the requirement for implementation of “One Rank One Pension”, the expenditure ceiling for Defence Pensions in BE 2016-2017 has been increased from Rs.69,876 crores to Rs.82,332.66 crores. Government has received representations from various Ex-Servicemen Associations and beneficiaries regarding anomalies and their dissatisfaction with the order of OROP scheme. 

One member Judicial Committee has been appointed on 14.12.2015 to look into the anomalies arising out of implementation of OROP. The Judicial Committee will submit its report in six months. 

The following instructions have been issued to Pension Disbursing Agencies(PDAs) for effective implementation of OROP: 

The arrears on account of revision of pension from 01.07.2014 be paid in four equal half yearly instalments. However, family pensioners including those in receipt of Special/Liberalized family pension and all Gallantry award winners shall be paid arrears in one instalment. 

Any required information, if not available in record may be referred to Pension Sanctioning Authority(PSA) concerned who will provide the requisite information from the available records within 15 days to the PDAs. 

In case of any doubt, PDA may immediately take up the matter with nodal officers of respective PSAs, the details of which shall be notified by Pr. CDA(P) Allahabad in their implementation instructions. 

This information was given by Defence Minister Shri Manohar Parrikar in a written reply to Shri Devajibhai G Fatepara and others in Lok Sabha today. 

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New Defence Procurement Procedure 

The Defence Procurement Procedure (DPP) is under finalization. The new DPP will bring into effect measures to promote indigenization and self-reliance in defence. Highest importance is attached to probity, accountability and transparency in defence acquisition and the same is reflected in all ongoing procurement activities. Necessary measures in this regard will also be incorporated in the DPP. 

This information was given by Defence Minister Shri Manohar Parrikar in a written reply to Shri Ram Charitra Nishad and others in Lok Sabha today. 

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Facilities at Siachen 

Indian Army is deployed in the area of Siachen Glacier in Jammu & Kashmir in extremely harsh terrain and weather conditions. The troops deployed in this area are suitably equipped and trained to undertake the operational challenges and carry out their mandated tasks. The weather conditions in the area are closely monitored and weather warnings issued are strictly followed in terms of restriction on movements of the troops. 

This information was given by Defence Minister Shri Manohar Parrikar in a written reply to Smt Vasanthi M in Lok Sabha today. 


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HAL Projects 

Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL) has planned to set up a manufacturing facility and take up Maintenance Repair & Overhaul (MRO) activities for Light Utility Helicopter (LUH) and other Rotary Wing Platforms near Tumkur, Karnataka. The foundation stone has been laid on 03rd January 2016. HAL plans to manufacture the lighter, three tonne machines the LUH for reconnaissance and surveillance and the attack helicopter LCH and also overhaul and repair military helicopters. HAL plans to manufacture LUH in the 3 tonne weight class category from its new helicopter factory near Tumkur, Karnataka. Production of Light Combat Helicopter (LCH) is proposed to be undertaken at the existing helicopter complex, Bengaluru. Overhaul of Advance Light Helicopter (ALH), Cheetah and Chetak Helicopters is undertaken at HAL’s Bengaluru and Barrackpore facilities. 

This information was given by Minister of State for Defence Rao Inderjit Singh in a written reply to Smt Kothapalli Geetha in Lok Sabha today. 

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