Paramilitary facing shortage of 85,000 bulletproof jackets

The government Tuesday said central paramilitary forces were facing a shortage of more than 85,000 bullet proof jackets.

New Delhi: The government Tuesday said
central paramilitary forces were facing a shortage of more
than 85,000 bullet proof jackets.

The Central Reserve Police Force needed the highest
number of jackets -- 40,069-- followed by Border Security
Force which was short of 15,467 jackets, Minister of State for
Home Affairs M Ramachandran told Lok Sabha in a written reply
today.

He put the force-wise shortage of bullet proof jackets
as Assam Rifles (6,237), Central Industrial Security Force
(11,861), Indo-Tibetan Border Police (8,216), National
Security Guard (1,725) and Sashastra Seema Bal (2,645)

The total shortage of the life saving jackets is
86,220.

He also said that orders have already been placed for
procuring 59,000 bullet proof jackets.

"Acceptance of tender of 59,000 bullet proof jackets
has been placed on April 27, 2010. Delivery of the stores is
scheduled to be completed by the end of this year, ie 2010,"
Ramachandran said.

PTI

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