Antony directs Army to streamline acquisition

In the backdrop of Army Chief raising issue of shortage of equipment, Defence Minister directed the force to streamline its acquisition process.

New Delhi: In the backdrop of Army chief Gen
V K Singh raising the issue of shortage of equipment, Defence
Minister AK Antony on Monday directed the force to streamline its
acquisition process to fix accountability in case of delays in
procurement.

In an hour-long meeting with Gen Singh and senior Army
and ministry officials to review proposals relating to capital
acquisition in the service, the minister favoured providing
more financial powers to the services` headquarters if it
helped in speedier acquisition of equipment and weapon
systems.

"Antony directed the Army to streamline its acquisition
process in such a manner that accountability can be fixed in
case of any slippages. He also asked the ministry and the Army
officials to examine the possibility of compressing the time
taken for technical evaluations and trials," ministry
officials said.

He also asked "the ministry and the Army officials to
examine the possibility of compressing the time taken for
technical evaluations and trials," they said.

Ministry officials said the meeting was in continuation
of the earlier review meetings held in September last year and
January this year.

Another meeting would be held next month to review the
progress made on the decisions that have been taken today,
they said.

Besides Gen Singh, the meeting was attended by Defence
Secretary Shashikant Sharma and a number of other senior
ministry and service officials.

PTI

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