Playing with lives of soldiers? Jawans in Siachen may have been given substandard snow suits to fight -60 deg C

Substandard snow suits were supplied to Indian Army jawans posted at icy peaks of Siachen Glacier.

Playing with lives of soldiers? Jawans in Siachen may have been given substandard snow suits to fight -60 deg C

New Delhi: It's a major exposé!

In a major fraud related allegation, it has been said that substandard snow suits were supplied to Indian Army jawans posted at icy peaks of Siachen Glacier.

A Sri Lankan firm - Rain Wear - allegedly supplied substandard snow suits to Indian Army, according to a report in CNN-News18.

Claims have been made that Rain Wear allegedly used substandard material to make snowsuits which can withstand up to only -15 degrees Celsius.

Noteworthy, Siachen temperatures dip to as much as -60 degrees Celsius. 

The alleged inferior quality clothing was procured from the Sri Lankan firm in 2012, however, no action was taken despite subsequent tip-offs.

The documents suggest that the firm cheated the Government of India to the tune of USD 2,80,000 over the procurement of these inferior quality snow suits.

A letter written on August 24, 2015  by a former employee of Rain Wear reveals that the company got the contract to supply three-layer snow suits in 2012.

In the 5th paragraph of the letter, the employee states that the second layer green fabric supplied to the Indian Army jawans are no longer windproof and waterproof.

Reportedly, the employee specifically mentions that wind and water can easily seep in through the inferior quality suits.

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