Jawans to wait longer for better sports shoes
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Last Updated: Thursday, July 28, 2011, 21:40
New Delhi: Indian Army jawans will have to wait for superior quality sports shoes as the project to procure these footwear has been put on hold after a protest over the use of cow leather to produce them.

The sports shoes were to be issued free of cost to all Junior Commissioned Officers and Personnel Below Officer Ranks (PBOR) in the next few years, replacing the old brown canvass PT shoes given to them presently, Army sources said here.

"The project has been put on hold after protests were registered with the Defence Ministry by some animal rights activists over the use of cow leather to produce the shoes in large numbers," they said.

Sources said earlier specifications for procurement said the shoes had to be made of either leather, canvass or cloth but it was amended by the Master General Ordnance (MGO) branch, which included cow leather also in it.

"We had carried out a feasibility study and found that shoes made of cow leather would have lasted longer and they were found to be fit for use by our soldiers," the MGO said.

The Army had started the process of issuing better quality sports shoes to replace the basic brown canvas PT shoes provided to jawans in 2008.

Trials were also carried out and some of the companies were also shortlisted for the possible award of the tender for over eight lakh shoes.


First Published: Thursday, July 28, 2011, 21:40

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