`No proposal to set up new commands for space asset`
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Last Updated: Monday, March 18, 2013, 16:56
  
New Delhi: Government has not received any proposal to set up new commands to handle country's space assets, cyber infrastructure and for controlling commando operations, Defence Minister AK Antony told the Lok Sabha Monday.

In a written reply, he said that "no proposal to set up three new commands to handle threats to country's space assets, cyber infrastructure and for controlling commando operations has been received by the government."

Any such proposal, as and when received, will be considered in consultation with the concerned, Antony said.

In reply to a question on alleged misuse of defence aircraft by VIPs, he said, "As per the existing instructions, only Prime Minister is entitled to use Indian Air Force (IAF) aircraft for non-official visits for reasons of security as well as for due performance as the Head of the Government."

He also denied that any bill is pending in connection with the visits of the Prime Minister.

"No bill is pending for payment in connection with Prime Minister's non-official visits from December 2006 to December 2012. Bills for airlift for use of IAF aircraft are raised by IAF from time to time and necessary action is taken thereon," Antony said.

He replied in the negative to a query whether the operational life of a large proportion of combat and cargo aircraft and helicopter fleet of the IAF is going to end in the near future, he said. "The IAF operates a fleet of aircraft of varying vintage," the Minister said.

Antony also said that upgradation, replacement and phasing out of aircraft is an ongoing and continuous process.

On whether financial irregularities have been reported in Scorpene project, he said, "A complaint was received alleging financial irregularities against the then Director in-charge of Scorpene Submarine project in a Defence Shipyard. The complaint is under enquiry."

PTI


First Published: Monday, March 18, 2013, 16:55


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