Annual Refit Conference and Infrastructure Review Meeting concludes



Annual Refit Conference and Infrastructure Review Meeting concludes 

1. Indian Navy’s Annual Refit Conference (ARC) and Annual Infrastructure Review (AIR) Meeting concluded today at Headquarters, Eastern Naval Command. The two-day conference was chaired by Vice Admiral AV Subhedar, Chief of Material, Integrated Headquarters, Ministry of Defence (Navy) and attended by all the stake-holders representing the Naval Headquarters, three Naval Commands, the Tri-Services Command at Port Blair, Dockyards, Repair Yards and Material Organisations of the Navy. 


2. Addressing the participants of the Conference, Vice Admiral HCS Bisht, AVSM, Flag Officer Commanding-in-Chief, Eastern Naval Command appreciated the role of Naval Dockyards and Repair Yards in maintaining and refitting the ships and submarines of Navy. He further highlighted the growing role of Indian Navy with extended deployment of ships away from base port, which calls for greater reliance on refitting authorities. Within the next few years, he said, several strategic platforms fitted with highly advanced and longer range weapon systems, would be based at Visakhapatnam. He concluded by highlighting the successful conduct of IFR-16 at Visakhapatnam which demonstrated Navy’s capability to host and manage events of international repute. All arms of the Navy and Civil Administration came together and seamlessly integrated to form a cohesive and effective team that resulted in successful conduct of the mega event that has brought laurels to our country. 

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Holding of Cocktail Party at Air Force Station, Hindon 

A complaint about cocktail party hosted at Air Force Station, Hindon in September, 2015 was received. As per investigation carried out by Indian Air Force, it is an annual event conducted every year for local media persons prior to Air Force Day (8th October). This year the event was organized on 16.09.2015. All laid down policies on security were adhered to. No expenditure was incurred from the exchequer. 

This information was given by Defence Minister Shri Manohar Parrikar in a written reply to Shrimati Naznin Faruque in Rajya Sabha today. 

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Prosecutions under section 64 Army Act, 1950 

No prosecutions have been initiated for offences under Section 64, sub-sections (a) and (f) of the Army Act, 1950 during the last three years. 

No Armed Forces personnel serving in areas notified as ‘disturbed areas’ under the Armed Forces (Special Powers) Act, 1958 have been prosecuted. 

This information was given by Defence Minister Shri Manohar Parrikar in a written reply to Shri Avinash Pandey in Rajya Sabha today. 

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Discrimination in Structure of Giving MSP 

Military Service Pay (MSP) is being paid to the Armed Forces Personnel w.e.f. 1st September, 2008. It is a compensation paid to the Armed Forces personnel as a recognition for the intangible aspects linked to the special conditions of their service. On recommendation of 6th Central Pay Commission, MSP was introduced for the first time in respect of Armed Forces. 

The MSP being paid to Armed Forces Personnel is in two slabs:- 

(i) For Officers - Rs.6,000 per month 

(ii) For JCOs/OR - Rs.2,000 per month. 

However, Government has separately provided a number of allowances based on risks and hardships involved at a location / in an operation, such as High Altitude Allowances, Field Area / Modified Area Allowances, Counter Insurgency Allowance etc. 

This information was given by Defence Minister Shri Manohar Parrikar in a written reply to Shri Mahendra Singh Mahra in Rajya Sabha today. 

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Defence deals with Foreign Countries 

Excluding vendors from France, Germany and Russia, eight contracts have been signed with foreign vendors during 2015-16, including those from countries such as USA, Sweden and Israel, for capital procurement of Defence equipment at a total cost of Rs.23630.68 Crore. No contract has been signed during 2015-16 for procurement of Advanced fighter planes. 

This information was given by Defence Minister Shri Manohar Parrikar in a written reply to Shri Parvez Hashmi in Rajya Sabha today.

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Production of Improved LCAs 

The proposal for Cabinet Committee on Security (CCS) for ramping up of production of LCA from the present installed capacity of eight to sixteen aircrafts per annum by HAL is being processed. 

An expenditure of Rs.1259 Crore has been proposed for this purpose with 50% funding by HAL, 25% by IAF and 25% by Indian Navy, with timeline of 36 months from the date of sanction. 

A case for additional 80 LCA with four essential capabilities viz Active Electronically Scanned Array (AESA) radar, Beyond Visual Range (BVR) missiles, Air to Air Refueling (AAR) capability and Electronic Warfare (EW) suite in the upgraded version LCA Mk 1A is being progressed for placing orders. 

This information was given by Minister of State for Defence Shri Rao Inderjit Singh in a written reply to Shri A.K Selvaraj in Rajya Sabha today. 

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Delay in Providing Bullet-Proof Jackets for Army 

The Defence Acquisition Council (DAC) had accorded Acceptance of Necessity (AoN) in October, 2009 for capital procurement of Bullet Proof Jackets (BPJs) inclusive of quantity 1,86,138 to be procured in 11th Army Plan. Request for Proposal was retracted on 5.10.2015 as the BPJs fielded by the vendors failed in the trials. Capital Procurement of equipment for the defence forces are progressed as per the provisions of Defence Procurement Procedure (DPP). The DPP provides timelines for different stages of procurement. 

The Government has taken into consideration the deficiencies in some of the critical ammunitions and has taken steps to mitigate the deficiencies to ensure desired level of operational-preparedness commensurate to threat perception in a dynamic strategic scenario. This information was given by Defence Minister Shri Manohar Parrikar in a written reply to Shri Vijay Jawaharlal Darda in Rajya Sabha today. 

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Building of War Memorial in Delhi 

The process has started. 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. A dedicated Project Management Team has been constituted for planning and executing the project from conception till completion working under the guidance / direction of Empowered Apex Steering Committee chaired by the Defence Secretary. 

The tentative time-frame for the project completion is five years. 

This information was given by Defence Minister Shri Manohar Parrikar in a written reply to Shri Rajeev Chandra Sekhar in Rajya Sabha today. 

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Comprehensive review of DRDO 

A Committee under the chairmanship of Dr. P Rama Rao was constituted to conduct a comprehensive review of Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO). 

The Organisation has implemented the following recommendations of the Committee within its powers: 

Nomination of Nodal Officers for structured interaction between DRDO and Services. 

Introduction of Integrated Financial Advice (IFA) Scheme for financial decentralization. 

Appointment of a dedicated Chief Controller for Human Resources (HR). 

Creation of Seven Technology Domain based Clusters headed by Director’s General. 

Restructuring of DRDO HQrs, Creation of Directorate of Systems Analysis and Modeling (SAM) and Directorate of Quality, Reliability and Safety (QR&S). 

Efforts have also been made to increase budget for Extramural Research as recommended by the Committee. 

This information was given by Defence Minister Shri Manohar Parrikar in a written reply to Shri Kiranmay Nanda in Rajya Sabha today. 

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Signing of Defence Deals 

The Capital Procurement of defence equipment is made as per Defence Procurement Procedure (DPP). During last six months, 28 contracts have been signed with Indian and Foreign vendors for capital procurement of defence equipment. 

The 28 contracts signed include 18 contracts signed with Indian vendors and 10 contracts signed with vendors from foreign countries such as USA, Sweden, Russia and Israel with a total value of Rs.36944.48 crores. 

A Memorandum of Understanding has been signed with the Government of France in January 2016 for the purchase of Rafale Aircraft. An agreement has been signed in December 2015 with the Government of the Russian Federation on Cooperation in the field of Helicopter Engineering. 

This information was given by Defence Minister Shri Manohar Parrikar in a written reply to Shri Shanti Ram Naik in Rajya Sabha today. 

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Manufacturing of Kamov 226t Helicopters 

HAL has been identified in view of its capabilities in the field of design, development, manufacture and maintenance of Aircraft. 

A green field facility has been planned at Tumakuru near Bengaluru primarily to take up manufacture and MRO activities for indigenously designed and developed light utility helicopter and other helicopters. The plan for setting up of the facility existed even before the finalization of manufacture of Kamov 226 T helicopters. 

This information was given by Defence Minister Shri Manohar Parrikar in a written reply to Shri Palvai Govardhan Reddy in Rajya Sabha today. 

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Review of Maritime Security 

Government regularly reviews the threat perception from time to time and takes appropriate measures to safeguard the sovereignty, territorial integrity and security of the country. It includes review by National Committee on Strengthening Maritime and Coastal Security against threats from the sea (NCSMCS). The last meeting of NCSMCS under chairmanship of Cabinet Secretary was held on 14.03.2016. Besides this, Raksha Mantri periodically holds meeting to review the Maritime and Coastal Security. 

Government has been deploying one Indian Naval Warship in the Gulf of Aden for anti-piracy patrol since October 2008. Indian Navy and Indian Coast Guard substantially increased anti-piracy deployment and surveillance in the East Arabian Sea since November 2010. India is represented in the Contact Group on Piracy off the Coast of Somalia (CGPCS) which has brought together Countries and International Agencies working towards prevention of piracy. Indian Navy also participates in the Shared Awareness and De-confliction (SHADE) meetings for exchange of information with other navies operating in the Gulf of Aden. 

This information was given by Defence Minister Shri Manohar Parrikar in a written reply to Shrimati Ambika Soni and Dr. T. Subbarami Reddy in Rajya Sabha today. 

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Gallantry Awards for Exemplary Courage 
Details of gallantry awards conferred to soldiers for the gallantry during war and peace time and the monetary allowance provided by the Government of India for these awards are as under:-
Sl. No.
Gallantry Awards
Monetary Allowance
(Per Month)
1.
Param Vir Chakra
Rs.10,000/-
2.
Ashoka Chakra
Rs.6,000/-
3.
Mahavir Chakra
Rs.5,000/-
4.
Kirti Chakra
Rs.4,500/-
5.
Vir Chakra
Rs.3,500/-
6.
Shaurya Chakra
Rs.3,000/-
7.
Sena Medal / Nao Sena Medal / Vayu Sena Medal.
Rs.1,000/-

This information was given by Defence Minister Shri Manohar Parrikar in a written reply to Shri Tarun Vijay in Rajya Sabha today

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