Naval Detachment Inaugurated at Lakshadweep

Naval Detachment Inaugurated at Lakshadweep
A Naval Detachment (NAVDET) at Androth Island of Lakshadweep was inaugurated by Vice Admiral Girish Luthra, AVSM, VSM, Flag Officer Commanding-in-Chief, Southern Naval Command at 10.30 AM on 26 Apr 16.

The setting up of a naval detachment will extend Indian naval presence at Androth Island, provide communication network connectivity with mainland, enable Sea Lanes of Communication (SLOC) monitoring and function as an Observance and reporting organisation, besides radar surveillance. The Officer-In-Charge of the Detachment is Lt Cdr Angom B Singh who will function under the Naval Officer-in-Charge (Lakshadweep and Minicoy Island). The setting up of the Detachment in a time bound manner has been possible due to concerted efforts by the teams at L&M islands, with support of all agencies.

Speaking on the occasion, Vice Admiral Girish Luthra stated that “Lakshadweep and Mnicoy Islands occupy a strategic location in the Arabian Sea. A number of shipping lanes pass close to these islands. Setting up of a Naval Detachment at Androth Island will enhance the Navy’s reach and surveillance, and contribute significantly to strengthen maritime security and stability”.

A number of infrastructure facilities at naval units located on Kavaratti, Minicoy, Agatti and Androth islands are also being progressively upgraded. The Naval Detachment at Kavaratti was commissioned as a naval establishment, INS Dweeprakshak in 2012. Suitable ships are also being based at the Islands to provide enhanced surveillance and immediate response capability. 


Army Fatalities in Natural Calamities
In the last winter season (1st October, 2015 to 31st March, 2016) 15 soldiers were martyred due to Avalanche and 03 soldiers due to Landslide. Immediate rescue efforts in terms of rescue parties constituting ice craft experts, medical representative and porters equipped with state of art equipment were mobilized to concerned locations. The aviation support was immediately extended to the rescue parties by highly trained aviators. Personnel requiring medical attention were evacuated by air to Base Camps / Field Hospitals / General Hospital / Army Hospital, Research and Referral (R&R), New Delhi as per the criticality of the patient.

Troops being posted in high altitude areas are trained in ‘Basic & Advance’ skills in mountains and snow bound areas. Troops posted in Avalanche Prone Areas’ are subjected to series of training in the field formation area.

Best quality of winter clothing and equipment is procured to prevent weather related casualties. Modern means of conveyance like snow scooters are utilized to ensure timely reaction to any eventuality and reduce fatigue. A number of specialized equipment have also been deployed in the avalanche prone areas.

Weather conditions prevailing in the sector are closely monitored by the Snow and Avalanche Study Establishment stations at Sasoma and Srinagar. The weather warnings issued are religiously followed in terms of restrictions on operation / administration related movement.
This information was given by Defence Minister Shri Manohar Parrikar in a written reply to Dr. T Subbarami Reddy and Smt Ambika Soni in Rajya Sabha today. 


Policy Towards World War II Veterans Pensioners
The pension of World War-II pensioners was granted as per provisions of Pension Regulation for the Army in India (Part-I & Part-II) 1940, prevalent at that time. As per these Pension Regulations, there were provisions of Retiring pension, Ordinary pension, Special pension Family, Disability pension, Children Allowance and Gratuity, which were governed on the basis of different eligibility conditions like rank last held in different arms, qualifying service rendered, attributability / non attributability and aggravation etc. In addition, there was provision of ‘Jangi Inam’ for World War-I & II veteran pensioners which was payable for two lives and one life respectively. At present, the rate of monetary allowance on account of Jangi Inam is Rs.500/- per month.

The number of surviving World War-II pensioners and Family pensioners is dynamic and therefore, keeps on changing due to natural wastage. As regards actual number of World War-II pensioners, no separate data-base has been maintained to distinguish World War-II veteran pensioners vis-a-vis other pensioners.
This information was given by Minister of State for Defence Rao Inderjit Singh in a written reply to Shri Rajeev Chandrasekhar in Rajya Sabha today. 


Oppositions to Holding of Defence Exposition in Goa
Initially, there were some apprehensions amongst the local people on holding of Defexpo 2016 in the State of Goa. However, all such apprehensions were cleared and Defexpo 2016 was successfully organised in Goa.

The land, where Defexpo 2016 was organised, belongs to Goa Industrial Development Corporation under Department of Industries, Goa. Department of Industries, Government of Goa vide their letter dated 7th July, 2015, conveyed their in-principle agreement to organise Defexpo 2016 at Naqueri Betul Quepem, South Goa. The consent of Goa State Pollution Control Board to organise Defexpo 2016 was obtained vide their letter dated 22nd March, 2016.
This information was given by Minister of State for Defence Rao Inderjit Singh in a written reply to Shri Shantaram Naik in Rajya Sabha today. 


Export of ARMS and Ammunitions
Arms and ammunition produced by the domestic ordnance factories are being exported. The details and nature of the arsenals exported during each of last three years country-wise are as under:

Nature of Items

(1)  Nepal
(2)  Indonesia
General Stores & Clothing
(3)  Italy
Small Calibre Ammunition
(4)  Czech Republic
Small Calibre Ammunition
(5)  Botswana
Large Calibre Ammunition
(6)  Tajikistan
Small Arms, Small Calibre Ammunition, Grenades.
(1)  Nepal
Demolition Stores, Small Calibre Ammunition
(2)  Mauritius
Small Calibre & Navel Ammunition, Small and Medium Calibre Weapon
(3)  Italy
Medium Calibre Weapon
(4)  Egypt
(1)  Indonesia
General Stores & Clothing
(2)  Bulgaria
Mortar Equipment, Mortar Bomb, Small Calibre Ammunition
(3)  Israel
Small Calibre Ammunition
(4)  Bangladesh
Signalling Item
(5)  Mauritius
Small and Medium Calibre Weapon
The foreign exchange earned during each of the last three years are as under:
Foreign exchange earned

USD 2.46 Million
USD 5.20 Million
USD 3.91 Million

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


Shortage of Subordinate Staff
There is shortage of subordinate staff in the Defence Ministry.  The details are:

Sl. No.
Name of Posts
Section Officer
Private Secretary
Assistant Section Officer
Senior Secretariat Assistant
Junior Secretariat Assistant
Stenographer Grade ‘C’ & ‘D’
Multi Tasking Staff (MTS)

DoPT is the cadre controlling authority for the posts at SL. No. 1 to 6.  They have been requested to fill up the vacancies in these posts.  The post of MTS at SL No. 7 are filled through Staff Selection Commission (SSC).  Steps have been taken to fill up these posts through SSC.  In the meanwhile in order to tackle the shortage, Ex-serviceman and retired employees are engaged on contract basis from time to time as an interim measure.

This information was given by Defence Minister Shri Manohar Parrikar in a written reply to Shri Raj Kumar Dhoot in Rajya Sabha today.


New Inventions of DRDO
Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) is mandated towards design and development of strategic, complex and security sensitive systems for the Defence Forces. Over the past three years, DRDO has developed a number of products/systems which have either been inducted in the Defence Forces or in the process of trials/production/induction. Some of them are given below.

o   81 mm Anti Thermal Anti Laser Smoke Grenade
o   Active Antenna Array Unit
o   Air Defence Fire Control Radar
o   Airborne Early Warning & Control System
o   Akash Weapon Systems
o   Anti G Suit Mk-III
o   Aslesha Radar
o   Auto injector Atropine Sulphate
o   Bi Modular Charge System
o   Bomb 120 mm ILLG
o   Bomb 120 mm Mortar HE
o   Bomb 81 mm Mortar HE
o   Bomb 81 mm Mortar PWP
o   Bomb Mortar 51 mm HE Mk-II
o   Bomb Mortar 51 mm ILLG
o   Bomb Mortar 51 mm Smoke
o   Bomb Mortar 81 mm ILLG
o   Bridge Layer Tank T-72 (BLT-72)
o   Cartridge ERU for aircraft with Package
o   Cartridge Primary for 120 mm Mortar
o   Cartridge SA 5.56 mm Ball
o   Cartridge Signal 16 mm 1A
o   Cartridges 105 mm IFG NC
o   Cartridges 22” RF Ball
o   CBRNe Remotely Operated Vehicle
o   Chemical Agent Monitor
o   Coastal Surveillance Radar
o   Commander’s Thermal Imager for  T-90
o   Commander’s Thermal Imager for BMP Tanks
o   Commander’s Thermal Imager Mk-II for T-72
o   Communication Link Controller
o   Digital Radar Warning Receiver
o   Display Processor
o   E1 Link Encryptor
o   Electronic Support Measure (ESM), Varuna
o   EW Programme  - Samudrika
o   Explosive Detection Kit
o   Explosive Reactive Armour Mk-II
o   Fuze 213 Mk-V M2
o   Heavy Drop System
o   Helmet Mounted Thermal Imaging Camera
o   Holographic Sights for Small Weapons
o   Identification of Friend and Foe System
o   Integrated Multi-function Sight
o   Laser based Directed Energy System
o   Mine AP M16 and AP NM-14
o   Mission Computer
o   Mobile Autonomous Robotic System
o   Mountain Foot Bridge
o   NBC Canister
o   NBC Filter
o   Optical Target Locator
o   Personal Decontamination Kit
o   Phase Control Module
o   Pinaka Launcher Mk -II
o   Radar Computer I & II
o   Radar Warning Receiver
o   Resin based Combustible Cartridge Case for 120 mm FSAPDS Mk-II Ammunition
o   Revathi Radar
o   Rotating Telemetry System
o   Secure Adapter for Frame Relay Encryptor
o   Secure Multi Interface Link Encryptor
o   Shell 105 mm IFG BE Smoke
o   Shell 105 mm ILG Mk-I
o   Short Range Laser Dazzler
o   Three Colour Detector
o   Through Wall Imaging Radar
o   Weapon Locating Radar (WLR)
o   Wheeled Armoured Platform
o   X-Band Microwave Power Module

DRDO has designed and developed a large number of products/systems for Defence Forces. Many of the products, originally developed for Defence Forces, can also be used by CAPF’s and State Police Forces in addition to other agencies, like NDRF. DRDO has organised visits of CAPF’s to various laboratories/establishments to show case DRDO’s products and capabilities. MHA has shortlisted about 146 items for trials, out of which trials of 78 products have already been completed. Large number of products which can provide protection, day/night situational awareness and support/mobility have been identified for induction in to Services (MHA) after trials.

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


MIS-Utilisation of Funds for Procurement of Medicines
The medical stores procured for service personnel and Ex-Servicemen Contributory Health Scheme (ECHS) beneficiaries are required to be accounted for separately by the service hospitals. In situations where some medicines / stores are essentially required for combating the disease and salvaging precious lives of both serving personnel and ECHS beneficiaries, separate inventory for serving personnel and ECHS beneficiaries is not maintained. However, directions have been issued by the Directorate General Armed Forces Medical Services to all concerned to ensure that ECHS funds allotted to hospitals, depots and other medical units should be used for management of ECHS beneficiaries only.

There have been shortfalls in supply of medicines by the Armed Forces Medical Store Depots (AFMSDs) Mumbai and Delhi to the dependent medical units as well as to ECHS polyclinics. However, measures have been undertaken to improve the availability of medicines at all echelons including ECHS Polyclinics, which, inter-alia, include enhanced coverage of Central Rate Contracts and Price Agreements of medicines at Senior Executive Medical Officer (SEMO) / Formation / Station level, augmentation of manpower for effective supply chain and inventory management of medicines, correct projection and analysis of Monthly Maintenance Figures (MMF) by ECHS Polyclinics and boost in the supply of Essential Drug List (EDL) for ECHS and Common Drug List (CDL) medicines by the AFMSDs. Directions have also been issued to the AFMSDs to make concerted efforts so that the state of compliance of indents made by the medical units including ECHS polyclinic is maximum.

As per the CAG report, there is a mismatch of 7431 smart cards in the data furnished by Central Organisation ECHS and the details obtained by the audit team directly from the card making company.
This information was given by Defence Minister Shri Manohar Parrikar in a written reply to Shri Paul Manoj Pandian in Rajya Sabha today. 


Purchasing of Weapons and Equipments
During the year 2015-16, 61 contracts have been signed with cumulative value of Rs. 47877.29 crore for capital procurement of defence equipment including Helicopter, Missiles, Rockets, frigates, BMP, Radar, Simulators and Vehicles.

Budget and expenditure on Capital Acquisition for defence Forces during 2012-13 to 2014-15 is given below:
                                                                                           (Rs. in crore)

Adequate troops have been deployed to ensure national security.  Government attaches high priority to ensuring that the Armed Forces are adequately equipped and operationally prepared to deal with the entire spectrum of security challenges facing the country.

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


Steps Taken on Dhirendra Singh Committee Report
The Dhirendra Singh Committee submitted its Report to the Government in July, 2015. The Committee made 43 recommendations, out of which, 16 recommendations were regarding Make-in-India and 27 recommendations were regarding Defence Procurement Policy.

The Dhirendra Singh Committee recommendations have been examined by the Government and suitably factored into the Defence Procurement Procedure (DPP) 2016, which focuses on a boost to the Make-in-India initiative of the Government of India, by promoting indigenous design, development and manufacturing of defence equipment, platforms and systems.
This information was given by Defence Minister Shri Manohar Parrikar in a written reply to Shri Harivansh in Rajya Sabha today. 


Issuing of Licenses to Private Firms for Defence Production
The total procurement for three services (Army, Navy and Air Force) for year 2014-15 was Rs. 78753.85 Crores, out of which the procurement from indigenous sources was Rs. 49531.55 Crores. The value of production of Defence Public Sector Undertakings (DPSUs) and Ordnance Factories in the same year was Rs. 46936 Crores.

Since the opening of defence manufacturing sector for private sector participation in 2001, so far, 333 Industrial Licenses have been issued by the Government to 201 Indian companies for manufacture of various licensable defence items. So far 51 Companies, covering 81 industrial licenses, have reported commencement of production.

During 2015-16, the Government has issued 75 Industrial Licenses to 56 Indian private companies for manufacture of various defence items. Till date, none of these companies have reported commencement of production.
This information was given by Minister of State for Defence Rao Inderjit Singh in a written reply to Shri Harivansh in Rajya Sabha today. 


Illegal Occupation of Defence Land
The Ministry of Defence has received reports from the land management agencies under it, of about approximately 10126 acres of defence land being under encroachment.  This is around 0.58% of the total land holding of Ministry of Defence.  Reports and complaints on the subject are received from time to time but no centralized record of such complaints is maintained by the Ministry.  Action against encroachment is taken under the law viz. Public Premises (Eviction of unauthorised occupants) Act, 1971 and Cantonment Act 2006.  In addition action aimed at prevention, detection and removal of encroachments, is an ongoing process.  As a result of these efforts extent of defence land, recorded as illegally occupied or encroached has reduced by approximately 2512.83 acres in the last three years.

Directorate General Defence Estates (DGDE) in the Ministry of Defence maintains a comprehensive data bank of defence land across the country.  The details of total area of land under the ownership of Ministry of Defence, State-wise is as under:-
Area (in acres)
Andaman & Nicobar Islands
Andhra Pradesh & Telangana
Arunachal Pradesh
Dadara & Nagar Haveli
Daman & Diu
Himachal Pradesh
Jammu & Kashmir
Madhya Pradesh
Tamil Nadu
Uttar Pradesh
West Bengal

All Defence land is earmarked for Defence purposes.  To ensure proper utilisation of Defence land periodic Defence Land Audit is carried out.  In addition the Government has constituted a Committee to inter alia suggest ways to optimise use of Defence land.

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

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