NEW DELHI: Ordinary infantry soldiers are still a long way from getting modern assault rifles and light-machine guns, new anti-tank weapons and light-weight ballistic helmets, but they are finally going to get desperately needed bullet-proof jackets after waiting for a decade.
The Army has inked a contract for "emergency" procurement of 50,000 bullet-proof jackets with Tata Advanced Materials Limited, a subsidiary of the Tata Group, for Rs 140 crore. "The jackets will be delivered from August onwards. All the jackets are to delivered by January 2017," a defence ministry source said.
Given the huge shortage of bullet-proof jackets in the 1.18-million strong Army due to convoluted procurement procedures, Manohar Parrikar had approved this "interim emergency acquisition" through the "revenue route" soon after he took over as defence minister in November 2014.
Narendra Kumar Patel
Finally someone listening to the needs of our Jawans... Thanks to Manohar Parrikar.
Narendra Kumar Patel - New Delhi - 31 mins ago
Earlier dynasty congress Eight years and NDA took nearly Two years to flow to action. Lot of Jawan lives would have saved during a decade.
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Police and paramilitary should also get bullet proof jackets.
iIts a must....
Prioritize over Wage revision outgo...National security and protection of Defence force must be of utmost importance..
This is a colossal failure on part of the previous Governments that they failed to do anything for the precious lives of our soldiers. The Khangress Govt treated these young men as fodders. I'm so glad that the Def Min has finally acted on this and hopefully we can save a few undesired fatalities.
It is shame for us that we couldn't provide even bulletproof jacket to soldiers who guard us day and night ... good work by Manohar Parrikar...such things should be given prime importance
An essential item. Many lives may be saved
Jawans deserved the bullet-proof jackets more than anybody else
Great news............basic need, which was denied by the past governments for several years
These are basic things which every army men's should get and if it cost only 140 cr for 50,000 then whats the issue and specially its made locally..