Friday, December 2, 2016

In Parliament This Week

1. Equipment Supplied to Soldiers in Peacekeeping Missions

Indian soldiers deployed on Peacekeeping Missions in Democratic Republic of Congo and South Sudan have been provided adequate defence equipment in accordance with the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU).

United Nations has not deducted payment to India citing faulty equipment supplied to the soldiers in the peacekeeping missions. However, some payment has been deducted mainly on account of some equipment being unserviceable at the time of inspection which is as a result of excessive wear and tear due to harsh conditions and some delay in replacement of equipment that had outlived its life. Most of the unserviceable equipment as per Original MoU in Democratic Republic of Congo have been replaced and the same is expected to be replaced soon in case of South Sudan.
This information was given by Minister of State for Defence Dr. Subhash Bhamre in a written reply to Shri Pralhad Joshi and Shri Kamal Nath in Lok Sabha today.

2. Surface-to-Air Missiles

Long Range Surface to Air Missile (LR-SAM) has been jointly developed by DRDO and IAI, Israel to be launched from ship. It possesses high degree of maneuverability at target interception range. LR-SAM has been developed to counter a wide variety of airborne threats, like anti-ship missiles, aircraft, helicopters, UAVs drones and supersonic missiles. Successful trials of Missile have been carried out recently and the weapon systems proven end to end. The deliverable have already been started.
This information was given by Minister of State for Defence Dr. Subhash Bhamre in a written reply to Dr. J Jayavardhan and Kunwar Bharatendra in Lok Sabha today.

3. Redressal of Public Grievances

The Centralized Public Grievance Redress and Monitoring System (CPGRAMS), an online portal of the Government of India, has also been implemented in Directorate General of Defence Estates. Besides, Cantonment Boards are also using another online system “SAMADHAN” for redressal of day to day public grievances.

Based on a large number of representations received from elected representatives and review of sensitivity of defence installations, the Government has amended the guidelines dated 18.05.2011 for issuance of No Objection Certificate (NOC) for building constructions in the vicinity of defence establishment on 21.10.2016. As per the revised guidelines, the security restrictions in respect of defence establishments / installations located at 193 stations shall apply up to 10 mtrs only from the outer wall of such establishments / installations. However, in respect of 149 stations located in the State of Jammu & Kashmir, the restrictions shall apply up to 100 mtrs from the outer wall of such defence establishments / installations.

Government proposes to revise the policy on leases, setting up communication infrastructure and mutation of old grant property in Cantonment areas. The details of the revised policy will be made available once the same is finalized in the Ministry.
This information was given by Minister of State for Defence Dr. Subhash Bhamre in a written reply to Dr. Sunil Baliram Gaikwad and others in Lok Sabha today.

4. Submarines and Aircraft Carriers

Force level preparedness is a dynamic and continuous process based on various factors. All efforts are made to ensure availability of assets as per requirement. The Indian Navy has a total force level of 139 ships and submarines, comprising 16 submarines, 2 aircraft carriers and 111 other ships for carrying out various roles of Indian Navy.
Indian Navy is a well-balanced, multi-dimensional force with modern surface, sub-surface and air assets, for defending our national interests against potential adversaries. Each submarine and ship is fitted with necessary weapons and sensors which allows it to carry out its defined role and protect India’s maritime interests.
The induction of ships and submarines is being carried out in accordance with the Maritime Capability Perspective Plan and Long Term Integrated Perspective Plan 2012-27, which was approved by Defence Acquisition Council.
This information was given by Minister of State for Defence Dr. Subhash Bhamre in a written reply to Shri Dhananjay Mahadik and others in Lok Sabha today.

5. Fifth Generation Fighter Aircraft

An Inter-Governmental Agreement (IGA) has been signed in October 2007 between the Governments of India and the Russian Federation for joint development and production of Fifth Generation Fighter Aircraft (FGFA).
The project is planned to be executed in two phases (i)Preliminary Design (PD) phase; and (ii)Detailed Design & Development Phase (Called R&D Phase).
An amount of Rs.1609.41 crore has been sanctioned for PD phase. The PD phase contract was signed in December 2010. The work commenced in February 2011 and completed in June 2013. Negotiations for R&D contract between Indian side and Russians are on.
This information was given by Minister of State for Defence Dr. Subhash Bhamre in a written reply to Shri Baijayant Jay Panda in Lok Sabha today.

6. Export of arms and ammunition

The Government does not directly export arms, ammunitions and weaponry systems to any country. As per DGFT Notification No. 115 (RE-2013)/2009-2014 dated 13th March, 2015, Department of Defence Production (DDP) issues ‘No Objection Certificate’ (NOC) for export of goods, which are in the nature of military stores.

Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) earlier sought the advice of DDP on the export of DRDO’s designed and developed products, which have been manufactured by various companies in India. The requisite advice has been intimated to DRDO regarding the procedure for issuing NOC by DDP to concerned companies for such exports.

The Government has not carried out any comparative cost study of weapon exporting countries.
This information was given by Minister of State for Defence Dr. Subhash Bhamre in a written reply to Shri Harinarayan Rajbhar in Lok Sabha today.

7. Reimbursement for damage from crash of Fighter Plane

Ex-gratia compensation for damage caused by crash of defence aircraft are paid to civilians as per extant Government rules.

There are 10 numbers of cases pending with Indian Air Force (IAF) for reimbursement for damage caused by crash of IAF fighter plane. No timeframe has been specified for reimbursement of such cases. However, claims from civilians seeking compensation for loss of life / injury and damage to civil property are processed expeditiously for reimbursement.

This information was given by Minister of State for Defence Dr. Subhash Bhamre in a written reply to Shri Vishnu Dayal Ram in Lok Sabha today

8. Fire at Central Ammunition Depot in Pulgaon

The Court of Inquiry set up on 31.05.2016 to investigate the causes of fire in Central Ammunition Depot, Pulgaon has attributed the fire to excessive exudation and resultant explosion of segregated Mines Anti Tank ND 1A.

Based on the findings of the Court of Inquiry, action has been initiated for fixing responsibility for this incident. Security and Fire Fighting audit of all ammunitions echelons has been completed at respective Command HQ level to further strengthen security and Fire Fighting procedures. Further, development of Standard Operating Procedure (SOP) on disposal of defective ammunition in fixed time frame is underway.

All TNT exuded affected mines held in Central Ammunition Depot, Pulgaon have been destroyed.
This information was given by Minister of State for Defence Dr. Subhash Bhamre in a written reply to Shri Kamal Nath and Adv. M Udhayakumar in Lok Sabha today

9. Defence partnership with Vietnam

During the visit of our Prime Minister to Vietnam in September 2016, India and Vietnam agreed to elevate the current strategic partnership to Comprehensive Strategic Partnership. The two Prime Ministers also agreed to assign the two Ministries of Foreign Affairs to be the focal point, in collaboration with other ministries and agencies of both sides, to build the Plan of Action to bring the Comprehensive Strategic Partnership to reality in all areas of cooperation. Information is being collected and will be laid on the Table of the House.

This information was given by Minister of State for Defence Dr. Subhash Bhamre in a written reply to Shri Rabindra Kumar Jena in Lok Sabha today.

10. Deficiency in Critical Aerospace Technology

Kaveri engine development was an indigenous effort of Gas Turbine Research Establishment (GTRE) for mastering one of the most complex technologies. Altitude Testing and Flying Test Bed trials have been completed which are major milestones in any gas turbine engine development. The other development problems are addressed to make the engine flight worthy through indigenous as well with assistance from abroad Engine Houses.

All efforts have been made by Ministry of Defence (MoD), Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO), Defence public Sector Undertakings (DPSUs) & Ordnance Factory Board (OFB) to achieve self-reliance in critical technologies. The self-reliance has to spread across design, materials, manufacturing, testing and certification aspects of aero-engine and considerable progress has been made towards the same through the Kaveri engine development programme.
The following DRDO laboratories are fully dedicated towards aeronautical research.
• Aeronautical Development Establishment (ADE) – Morphing Aircraft Technologies.
• Aeronautical Development Agency (ADA) – Aircraft Design & Development.
• Gas Turbine Research Establishment (GTRE) – Gas Turbine Aero Engines.
• Defence Research & Development Laboratory (DRDL) – Hypersonic Propulsion.
• Advanced System Laboratory (ASL) – Solid Propellant Combustion Modelling.
• Centre for Airborne System (CABS) – Design & Development of Airborne Surveillance System.
A dedicated programme on “Gas Turbine Enabling Technology (GATET) has also been sanctioned by DRDO at a cost of Rs. 78 Crore to facilitate academia and research institutions to carry out R&D in aerospace sector.

DRDO has made all efforts to augment aerospace technology capability of the country with dedicated research facilities at Indian Institutes of Technology (IITs), located at Mumbai and Chennai by creating ‘Centre of Propulsion Technology (COPT)’; and also at Indian Institute of Science (IISc) through ‘National Centre for Combustion Research & Development’ (NCCRD). Though the manufacturing is not the mandate of DRDO, however, research pertaining to various areas of manufacturing technology such as machining, metal forming, metal joining, etc. are being pursued in recent times through academia and R&D establishments and these are progressing well. Moreover, DRDO has involved academia and private industries right from the inception of project.

This information was given by Minister of State for Defence Dr. Subhash Bhamre in a written reply to Shri Rahul Shewale and others in Lok Sabha today.

11. Coast Guards

The coastal security review is carried out periodically through National Committee on Strengthening Maritime and Coastal Security against threats from the Sea (NCSMCS) under the Chairmanship of Cabinet Secretary and Steering Committee under the Chairpersonship of the Secretary (Border Management), Ministry of Home Affairs where all coastal States / UTs are its members, wherein all relevant matters of coastal security are discussed.

In an expanding organization like Coast Guard, augmentation of ships, aircraft, infrastructure, equipment and manpower is an ongoing process to maintain the coastal security of the country. At present, Coast Guard assets have increased from 60 ships / Interceptor Boats / Air Cushion Vehicles in early 2009 to 125 in 2016. The air assets have also been increased with the current fleet of 62 aircraft compared to 46 aircraft in 2009. Coast Guard has 42 stations at different locations along the coast line and island territories in comparison to 22 stations in 2009. The sanctioned strength of Coast Guard has increased from 8,006 to 15,714 at present. Further, Static radars have been installed along the Indian Coastline for electronic surveillance of vessel traffic.

This information was given by Minister of State for Defence Dr. Subhash Bhamre in a written reply to Smt Jayshreeben Patel in Lok Sabha today.

12. Ultra Light Howitzers

Under the terms of the Letter of Offer and Acceptance (LOA) signed with the US Government for supply of 145 ULH, 25 guns will be inducted in Fully Formed condition and the balance 120 guns will be assembled in India. Government has placed an indent on Ordnance Factory Board (OFB) for procurement of Qty. 114 155-MM Dhanush artillery guns.
Defence Acquisition Council (DAC) has accorded Acceptance of Necessity (AoN) for procurement of integrated Tracked Self Propelled (SP) 155mm artillery guns on 26.02.2008.
This information was given by Minister of State for Defence Dr. Subhash Bhamre in a written reply to Shri B Senguttuvan in Lok Sabha today.

13. Operational Preparedness of Defence Forces

Government is fully seized of the security needs of the country. Government regularly reviews the threat perception to secure our borders and protect national interest. Appropriate measures are taken through development of infrastructure as well as accretion and modernization and deployment of defence forces to safeguard the sovereignty, territorial integrity and security of India.
The information sought on matter of defence preparedness is sensitive and secret in nature and disclosure of further details in this regard on the floor of the House would not be in the national interest.
This information was given by Minister of State for Defence Dr. Subhash Bhamre in a written reply to Smt Kothapalli Geetha in Lok Sabha today.

Delivering of Modern Defence Hardware
The requirements of defence equipment for the Indian Armed Forces are met through both indigenous production and imports.  The expenditure on purchase of defence equipment for the three services in the last two years and current financial year, from the Foreign vendors and Indian vendors is as given below:-
(Rs. in crore)

Total Procurement
Procurement from Foreign Vendors

Procurement from Indian Vendors
2014-15
77986.32
29159.69
48826.63
2015-16
76178.80
26190.46
49988.34
2016-17
(upto October 2016)
32073.18
9278.26
22794.92

2.         During the last two financial years (2014-15 and 2015-16), 108 contracts with total value of Rs.1,12,736.81 crore have been signed for capital procurement of defence equipment, out of which 73 contracts involving a value of Rs.72,303.34 crore were signed with Indian vendors.  During 2014-15 and 2015-16, the Defence Acquisition Council has accorded Acceptance of Necessity (AON) to 114 capital procurement cases, of which 85 cases involving Rs.1,60,362 crore are under the ‘Buy (Indian)’ ‘Buy& Make (Indian)’ and ‘Buy & Make’ categories.
3.         A number of measures have been adopted to achieve self-sufficiency in defence production by harnessing the capabilities of the public and private sector.  These measures include according priority and preference to procurement from Indian vendors under the Defence Procurement Procedure (DPP) 2016, liberalization of the licensing regime and providing access to modern technology to Indian industry by raising the cap on FDI in the defence sector.
4.         The new Defence Procurement Procedure (DPP) 2016 has been promulgated for capital procurements and has come into effect from 1st April 2016.  DPP 2016 has a focus on achieving the “Make in India” vision by according topmost priority to ‘Buy Indian – IDDM (Indian Designed, Developed and Manufactured) and ‘Buy (Indian)’ categories. It also focuses on enhancement and rationalization of indigenous content.  The ‘Make’ Procedure has been simplified with provisions for earmarking projects not exceeding development cost of Rs.10 crores (government funded) and Rs.3 crores (industry funded) for MSMEs; and with provisions for involving private industry as production agencies and technology transfer partners.

This information was given by Minister of State for Defence Dr. Subhash Bhamre in a written reply to Shri R Parthipan in Lok Sabha today.

15.
DRDO laboratories
Details of laboratories / establishments / units functioning under Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) alongwith their areas of research and locations are given below:
Sl. No.
Laboratories/Establishments/Units
Location
Area of Research
Cluster Laboratories/Establishments
1
Advanced Numerical Research & Analysis Group (ANURAG)
Hyderabad
Computational System
2
Advanced Systems Laboratory (ASL)
Hyderabad
Missiles & Strategic Systems
3
Aerial Delivery Research & Development Establishment (ADRDE)
Agra
Parachutes & Aerial Systems
4
Aeronautical Development Establishment (ADE)
Bengaluru
Aeronautics
5
Armaments Research & Development Establishment (ARDE)
Pune
Armaments
6
Centre for Air Borne System (CABS)
Bengaluru
Air-Borne Systems
7
Centre for Artificial Intelligence & Robotics (CAIR)
Bengaluru
Artificial Intelligence & Robotics
8
Centre for Fire, Explosives & Environment Safety (CFEES)
Delhi
Explosives
9
Centre for High Energy Systems and Sciences (CHESS)
Hyderabad
High Energy Weapons
10
Combat Vehicles Research & Development Establishment (CVRDE)
Chennai
Combat Vehicles
11
Defence Avionics Research Establishment (DARE)
Bengaluru
Avionics
12
Defence Bio-engineering & Electro-medical Laboratory (DEBEL)
Bengaluru
Bio-engineering
13
Defence Electronics Applications Laboratory (DEAL)
Dehradun
Electronics & Communication Systems
14
Defence Food Research Laboratory (DFRL)
Mysore
Food Research
15
Defence Institute of Bio-Energy Research (DIBER)
Haldwani
Bio-Energy
16
Defence Institute of High Altitude Research (DIHAR)
Leh
High Altitude Agro-animal Research
17
Defence Institute of Physiology & Allied Sciences (DIPAS)
Delhi
Physiology
18
Defence Institute of Psychological Research (DIPR)
Delhi
Psychological Research
19
Defence Laboratory (DL)
Jodhpur
Camouflaging and Isotopes
20
Defence Electronics Research Laboratory (DLRL)
Hyderabad
Electronic Warfare
21
Defence Materials & Stores Research & Development Establishment (DMSRDE)
Kanpur
Textiles, Polymers & Composites
22
Defence Metallurgical Research Laboratory(DMRL)
Hyderabad
Metallurgy
23
Defence Research & Development Establishment (DRDE)
Gwalior
Chemical & Biological Warfare
24
Defence Research & Development Laboratory (DRDL)
Hyderabad
Missile & Strategic Systems
25
Defence Research Laboratory (DRL)
Tezpur
Health & Hygiene
26
Defence Terrain Research Laboratory (DTRL)
Delhi
Terrain Research
27
Gas Turbine Research Establishment (GTRE)
Bengaluru
Gas Turbine
28
High Energy Materials Research Laboratory (HEMRL)
Pune
High Energy Materials
29
Institute of Nuclear Medicines & Allied Sciences (INMAS)
Delhi
Nuclear Medicine
30
Instruments Research & Development Establishment (IRDE)
Dehradun
Electronics & Optical Systems
31
Integarted Test Range (ITR)
Balasore
Missile Testing
32
Joint Cypher Bureau (JCB)
Delhi
Cypher Systems
33
Laser Science & Technology Centre (LASTEC)
Delhi
Laser Technology
34
Electronics & Radar Development Establishment (LRDE)
Bengaluru
Radars
35
Microwave Tube Research & Development Centre (MTRDC)
Bengaluru
Microwave Devices
36
Naval Materials Research Laboratory (NMRL)
Ambernath
Naval Materials
37
Naval Physical & Oceanographic Laboratory (NPOL)
Kochi
Sonar Systems
38
Naval Science & Technological Laboratory (NSTL)
Visakhapatnam
Underwater Weapons
39
Proof and Experimental Establishment (PXE)
Balasore
Armament Testing
40
Research Centre Imarat (RCI)
Hyderabad
Missile & Strategic Systems
41
Research & Development Establishment (Engrs) (R&DE[E])
Pune
Engineering Systems & Weapon Platforms
42
Scientific Analysis Group (SAG)
Delhi
Cryptology
43
Snow and Avalanche Study Establishment (SASE)
Chandigarh
Snow and Avalanche
44
Solid State Physics Laboratory (SSPL)
Delhi
Solid- State/ Semiconductor Materials
45
Terminal Ballistics Research Laboratory (TBRL)
Chandigarh
Ballistics
46
Vehicles Research & Development Establishment (VRDE)
Ahmednagar
Wheeled Vehicles
HR Institutions
1
Centre for Personnel Talent Management (CEPTAM)
Delhi
Talent Management
2
Institute of Technology Management (ITM)
Mussoorie
Technology Management
3
Recruitment and Assessment Centre (RAC)
Delhi
Human Resource
Other Institutions


1
Advanced Centre for Energetic Materials (ACEM)
Nasik
High Energy Materials
2
Centre for Advanced Systems (CAS)
Hyderabad
Advanced Systems
3
Centre for Military Air-worthiness & Certification (CEMILAC)
Bengaluru
Airworthiness & Certification
4
Defence Scientific Information & Documentation Centre (DESIDOC)
Delhi
Information System and Documentation
5
DRDO Integration Centre (DIC)
Panagarh
Systems Integration
6
Institute for Systems Studies & Analyses (ISSA)
Delhi
Systems Analysis
7
Mobile Systems Complex (MSC)
Pune
Missile Systems
8
SF Complex (SFC)
Jagdalpur
Propellant




Centres of Excellence
1
DRDO Bhartihar University (DRDO-BU), Centre of Excellence
Coimbatore
Life Sciences
2
Advanced Centre for Research in High Energy Materials (ACRHEM)
Hyderabad
High Energy Materials
3
Centre of Excellence in Cryptology
Kolkata
Cryptology
4
Centre of Millimeter Wave Semiconductor Devices and Systems
Kolkata
Millimeter Wave and Semiconductor
5
Advanced Centre for Excellence on Composite Materials (ACECM)
Bengaluru
Composite Materials
6
Research and Innovation Centre (RIC)
Chennai
Sensors & MEMS
7
Centre of Propulsion Technology (CoPT)
Mumbai
Propulsion Technology
8
Jagdish Chandra Bose Centre for Advanced Technology (JCBCAT)
Jadavpur
Strategic Systems
9
Joint Advanced Technology Centre (JATC)
Delhi
Photonic Technologies, Plasmonics and Quantum Photonics

A list of products developed by DRDO during last two years (2014, 2015) and the current year (2016) for defence and civilian use is given below:
Products developed by DRDO for defence and civilian use during last two years and current year:
Ø    120 mm FSAPDS Mk-II Ammunition for MBT Arjun
Ø    120 mm FSAPDS Practice Ammunition for MBT Arjun
Ø    250 Kg Pre-fragmented Bomb
Ø    46m Inflatable Radome
Ø    Abhay Sonar
Ø    Air Bursting Grenades for Individual Weapons
Ø    Akash Weapon System
Ø    Anti Torpedo Decoys
Ø    Anti-Torpedo Decoy System (Maareech)
Ø    Bar Mine Layer
Ø    CBRNe Remotely Operated Platforms
Ø    Commander’s Non-Panoramic TI Sight for AFVs (T-90, T-72 & BMP-II)
Ø    Computerized Pilot Selection System
Ø    Dual Colour Missile Approach Warning System for Fighter Aircraft
Ø    Electro-Optical Fire Control System for Naval Ships
Ø    Electro-Optical Sensors for Airborne Platforms
Ø    Enhanced Range Rocket (Pinaka Mk-II)
Ø    EW Suite for Fighter Aircraft
Ø    Exotic and Indigenous Varieties of Vegetables under Protected Environment
Ø    G-band CC-TWT for Weapon Locating Radar
Ø    Heavy Drop System - 16T
Ø    High Speed Heavy Weight Ship Launched Torpedo (Varunastra)
Ø    Hull Mounted Sonar (HUMSA)
Ø    Integrated Automotive Vetronics Systems for AFVs
Ø    Ku-Band MPM based Transmitter for Airborne Radar
Ø    Laser Target Designator with Thermal Imager for Air Force
Ø    Medium Power Radar for IAF
Ø    Medium Size Integrated Aerostat Surveillance System
Ø    Minefield Marking Equipment Mk-II
Ø    Mountain Foot Bridge
Ø    Multi Calibre Individual Weapon System
Ø    Multi-Influence Ground Mine
Ø    NBC Technologies
Ø    Penetration-cum-Blast
Ø    Sub-Munition Warheads for Pinaka
Ø    Synthetic Aperture Radar for UAV
Ø    Terrain Assessment System for Trans-border Deserts in Western Sector
Ø    Thermo-Baric Ammunition for 120 mm Arjun Tank
Ø    Upgraded Troposcatter Communication System for IAF
Ø    Vehicle Mounted High Power Laser Directed Energy System Against RPVs/UAVs/DRONES
Ø    Water Mist System Validation for Fire Protection in Naval Ships

(DRDO) has developed various nutritious and protein-rich foods to cater the requirements of Service personnel deployed at high altitude and snow bound areas.  The major protein food products developed by DRDO are: Protein-rich bars; Energy-rich bars; Protein-rich instant Halwa-mix, Upma-mix; and Protein-rich Chapattis.

Details of funds allocated to the Department of Defence Research & Development during the last three years are given below:-

Year
Allocation of funds
(Rs. in crore)

2014-15
13716.14
2015-16
13540.11
2016-17
(Budget Estimates)
13593.78

This information was given by Minister of State for Defence Dr. Subhash Bhamre in a written reply to Shri Raghav Lakhanpal in Lok Sabha today.


1. Purchasing of Defence Equipment
The equipment requirements of the Armed Forces are planned and progressed through a detailed process which includes 15 year Long Term Integrated Perspective Plan (LTIPP), a five year Service-wise Capability Acquisition Plan and a two year roll-on Annual Acquisition Plan. The capital procurement of defence equipment is carried out as per the Defence Procurement Procedure (DPP). During the last two years and current year, 135 contracts with total value of Rs.1,91,018.78 crore have been signed with Indian and foreign vendors for capital procurement of defence equipment such as micro unmanned aerial vehicles (UAV), ships, missiles, frigates, rockets, simulators, aircraft, helicopters, radars and rifles.
The Government has recently issued guidelines for penalties in business dealings with entities, which include levy of financial penalties and suspension / ban on dealings with entities involved in wrong doings.
This information was given by Minister of State for Defence Dr. Subhash Bhamre in a written reply to Shri Derek O’ Brien in Rajya Sabha today.
2. Assistance to Families of Martyred Soldiers
Assistance/Welfare Schemes/other facilities provided to the families/Next of Kins of Martyrs is as below:

Financial Assistance provided to the families/NoKs of the Martyrs:
·        Liberalized Family Pension.
·        Death-cum-Retirement Gratuity.
·        Ex-gratia lump sum compensation.
·        Disability/War injury element of pension.

Welfare schemes provided through the Directorate General Resettlement/ Government:
·        Reservation in Public Sector Undertaking & Banks.
·        Allotment of Eligibility Certificates for Oil Product Agencies under 8% Quota.
·        Tipper Attachment Scheme.
·        Allotment of SAFAL Outlets for dependents.
·        Allotment of Class V surplus B Vehicle.

Welfare Schemes provided through Kendriya Sainik Board (under Raksha Mantri’s Discretionary Fund/Armed Forces Flag Day Fund (AFFDF) to Ex-servicemen/families, including families of Martyrs as per their eligibility on making application ):
·        Penury Grant.
·        Education Grant.
·        Officer Cadet Grant.
·        Disabled Children Grant.
·        House Repair Grant.
·        Daughter’s Marriage Grant/ Widow Re-Marriage Grant.
·        Funeral Grant.
·        Medical Grant.
3. Protest by Ex-Servicemen Over OROP
United Front Movement of Ex-Servicemen is continuing their protest action since 14th June 2015 for their demands on OROP.
Government has accepted the demands of Ex-Servicemen associations to implement OROP, payment of arrears w.e.f. 01.07.2014 and coverage of Premature Retirees (PMR) cases under the scheme upto 07.11.2015. Some Ex-Servicemen Associations have been demanding changes in methodology for fixation of pension, periodicity of its revision, coverage of future PMR cases, etc. The Government appointed a Judicial Committee on OROP to look into the anomalies, if any arising out of implementation of OROP on 14.12.2015. The Committee has submitted its report on 26.10.2016.
This information was given by Minister of State for Defence Dr. Subhash Bhamre in a written reply to Shri D Raja in Rajya Sabha today.
4. Discrepancy in rank equation between Defence and Civil Services Officers
The Government has only reiterated the existing functional equivalence being followed at Service Headquarters for matters of assigning duties and responsibilities with respect to Armed Forces Headquarters Civil Service (AFHQ CS) officers posted at Service Headquarters.
This information was given by Minister of State for Defence Dr. Subhash Bhamre in a written reply to Shri Rajeev Chandrasekhar in Rajya Sabha today.
5. Checking Ceasefire Violation by Pakistan

Details of ceasefire violations during last one year are as under:-
Ceasefire Violations along Line of Control (LC) and International Border (IB) under operational control of Army (from 25.11.2015 to 26.11.2016)
Ceasefire Violations along IB under operational control of BSF (from 1.11. 2015  to  1.11. 2016)
216
214
During these cease fire violations 8 Army soldiers got martyred and 74 were injured.  Further, in 2016 (till 7.11.2016) 111 houses / structures got damaged. There is no permanent dislocation of the people residing close to IB/LoC.  However, in 2016, 27,449 persons were evacuated from their villages in Jammu division after the surgical strike in PoK.

Appropriate retaliation to these ceasefire violations has been carried out wherever necessary.  All violations of ceasefire are taken up with Pakistan military authority at appropriate level through the established mechanism of hotlines, flag meetings as well as weekly talks between DGMOs of India & Pakistan.

Diplomatically, India has repeatedly emphasised, including at the highest level, the need for Pakistan to uphold the sanctity of the Line of Control (LC) and the International Border in Jammu & Kashmir as its obligations emanating from the Simla Agreement and the Lahore Declaration.

Mechanism has been instituted at Border Out Post (BOPs) and border areas to expeditiously inform the villagers on occurrence of cross-border firing.  Bullet Proof bunkers and ambulances are kept in readiness at convenient locations for evacuation of persons in case of emergency.

This information was given by Minister of State for Defence Dr. Subhash Bhamre in a written reply to Kumari Selja and others in Rajya Sabha today.
6. District Sainik Kalyan Boards
As per the information received from National Commission for Women (NCW) under the administrative control of Ministry of Women and Child Development, a study of war widows was undertaken by Rambhau Mhalgi Prabodhini, Centre for Development Planning & Research (CDPR). Some measures were suggested about the functioning of the Sainik Welfare Boards at State and District level which are critical components in looking after the welfare of ex-servicemen, their families and widows of the martyrs. Kendriya Sainik Board Secretariat, an attached office under the administrative control of Deptartment of Ex-Servicemen (DESW), Ministry of Defence, the Nodal agency of the Government of India to look after the welfare of ex-servicemen and their families including martyrs, has intimated that they have not received any such Report.
There is no provision of professional counselling of the war widows / Next of Kin etc. in the Rajya / Zilla Sainik Boards. However, two officials from the Unit of the soldier killed in action, assist the family including liaison with the civil / other concerned authorities in having all the formalities completed for receipt of pensionary entitlements / other assistance from the Government. They guide the widow / family about the utilisation of the assistance received. Officials from the Rajya Sainik / Zilla Sainik Boards provide all the assistance as is required by the widows / dependents.
This information was given by Minister of State for Defence Dr. Subhash Bhamre in a written reply to Dr. Vinay P Sahasrabuddhe in Rajya Sabha today.
7. Scorpene Submarine Data Leak
On 24th August 2016, it was reported in an Australian newspaper “The Australian” that certain data relating to the Scorpene class Submarines was leaked. A Committee was constituted by the Ministry of Defence to enquire into the reported leak of documents. The Committee has submitted its report, which is under examination.
This information was given by Minister of State for Defence Dr. Subhash Bhamre in a written reply to Shri Vishambhar Prasad Nishad and others in Rajya Sabha today.
8. Troop deployment at Siachen Glacier
The Siachen Glacier is divided in three parts i.e. Northern Glacier, Central Glacier and Southern Glacier. The tenure of soldiers deployed in these locations varies from three to five months based on complexity of the deployment location, sensitivity of the post and adverse effect on the health of the individual.
In operation Meghdoot, from 1984 till 18.11.2016, 35 Officers and 887 JCOs / ORs have lost their lives. With effect from 1st January 2016, ex-gratia lump sum compensation of Rs. 35 Lakh is payable to the next of kin (Nok) on death of Army personnel occurring while on duty in the specified high altitude, inaccessible border posts, etc. on account of natural disasters, extreme weather conditions. In addition, other benefits such as liberalised family pension, death-cum-retirement-gratuity, etc. are granted as per extant rules.
This information was given by Minister of State for Defence Dr. Subhash Bhamre in a written reply to Shri Majeed Memon in Rajya Sabha today.
9. DRDO’s Protein Food for Jawans
Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) has made a research in production of protein food for the jawans posted in remote and isolated parts of the country keeping in view the present situation on our borders. DRDO has also developed various nutritious and protein-rich foods to cater the requirements of Service personnel deployed at high altitude and snow bound areas. The major protein food products developed by DRDO are : Protein-rich bars; Energy-rich bars; Protein-rich instant Halwa-mix, Upma-mix; and Protein-rich Chapattis.
There is no food production unit in DRDO. However, after developing these products, production technologies have been transferred to various industries for bulk production.
Development of nutritional food by DRDO for Armed Forces is an ongoing process based on their requirements and latest technological research in the area. Some of them are Processed Food Technologies/Products and Test Kits (Frozen Meat Test and Alfatoxin Detection Kits), etc.
This information was given by Minister of State for Defence Dr. Subhash Bhamre in a written reply to Shri P Bhattacharya and Smt Rajani Patil in Rajya Sabha today
10. Import of Defence Materials
The total Military (Defence Services) expenditure in the financial years 2014-15 and 2015-16 is as follows:-
                                                                      (in crore)
Financial year
Expenditure

2014-15
2,18,694.18
2015-16
2,25,894.85

The expenditure on purchase of imported stores (equipment) during the financial years 2014-15 and 2015-16 is as under:-
                                                                      (in crore)
Financial year
Expenditure

2014-15
32,498.97 cr
2015-16
30,173.09 cr

Quantum of foreign cash outgo depends on the nature and number of contracts signed with foreign vendors. However, greater stress on Make in India and indigenization efforts is in part respon
11. Embraer Deal
Embraer Deal was to purchase three modified aircrafts from M/s Embraer, Brazil for installation of DRDO developed mission system to develop indigenous Airborne Early Warning & Control (AEW&C) System.
There were media reports on alleged involvement of Agents in the deal. Therefore, DRDO asked for clarification from Embraer based on the media reports. Embraer, in their reply, admitted that they have entered into an Agreement with an Agency towards the Contract and that a sum of $5.76 Million was paid to the Agency. The same has been submitted to CBI for investigation.
This information was given by Minister of State for Defence Dr. Subhash Bhamre in a written reply to Shri CM Ramesh in Rajya Sabha today.
12.  Policy of Blacklisting Defence Firms
Ministry of Defence has recently issued Guidelines for penalties in business dealings with entities, which have come into effect from 21.11.2016. The Guidelines have also been put in public domain by uploading them on the website of Ministry of Defence (http://mod.nic.in/writereaddata/guideentities.pdf). The Guidelines lay down policy for levy of financial penalties and / or Suspension / Banning of business dealings with entities, seeking to enter into contract with / having entered into a contract for the procurement of goods and services by the Ministry of Defence.
During the last three years, business dealings with six companies / entities have been put on hold and in respect of two other firms restricted procurement was permitted only if such procurements are justified and necessary on the basis of operational urgency, national security and non-availability of other alternatives.
This information was given by Minister of State for Defence Dr. Subhash Bhamre in a written reply to Smt Sarojini Hembram in Rajya Sabha today.
13. External threats through Sea Routes
Post the 26/11 Mumbai attacks, there have been several inputs, emanating from multiple sources, indicating likelihood of terrorist attacks on coastal States / Union Territories, including the island territories, by using the sea route. These threats are assessed at regular intervals. Monitoring, review and assessment of the coastal security construct is an ongoing process and is undertaken on a periodic basis. National Committee on Strengthening Maritime and Coastal Security (NCSMCS), under the Chairmanship of Cabinet Secretary, monitors the progress in respect of coastal security initiatives, any shortfall encountered, and decides on measures to plug the gaps. The Committee meets at least twice a year. The 14th meeting of the NCSMCS was held recently on 24th November 2016. A coastal security ring all along our coast is provided by Marine Police, Indian Coast Guard and Indian Navy. Other measures include improving surveillance mechanism, enhanced patrolling and joint operational exercises conducted on regular basis among Indian Navy, Indian Coast Guard, Marine Police, Customs and others. Installation of radars covering the country’s entire coastline and islands is also an essential part of this process. Further, continuous review and monitoring mechanisms have been established by the Government at different levels including agencies and State / Union Territory authorities.
This information was given by Minister of State for Defence Dr. Subhash Bhamre in a written reply to Shri Meghraj Jain in Rajya Sabha today.

14. Suicides over OROP

United Front Movement of Ex-Servicemen is continuing their protest action in New Delhi since 14th June 2015 for their demands on OROP. No incident of suicide by any member of this organization has come to notice so far.
Ex-Subedar Ram Kishan Grewal had committed suicide at Delhi on 01.11.2016. On enquiry regarding payment of the benefits of OROP to him, the pension disbursing bank has informed that he was drawing pension @ Rs.22,608 p.m. He was entitled for revised pension under OROP @ Rs. 25,634 p.m. The total amount of arrears of Rs.53978/- on account of implementation of OROP has been credited to Bank Account of Late Ex-Subedar Ram Kishan Grewal on 08.11.2016.
This information was given by Minister of State for Defence Dr. Subhash Bhamre in a written reply to Shri PL Punia in Rajya Sabha today.

15. Monitoring Mechanism for OROP Implementation

The status of payment to the Defence Forces Pensioners / Family Pensioners on account of implementation of OROP order, as on 22.11.2016 are as under:-
No. of cases paid
(1st instalment and lump sum payments

Amount disbursed (Rs. in Crores)
No. of cases paid 2nd instalment
Amount disbursed (Rs. in Crores)
1957925
3984.76
1541316
2267.71
Public Grievances Cell in the Department is receiving grievances of the Pensioners / Family Pensioners and taking up the matters with the concerned offices e.g. Controller General of Defence Accounts (CGDA), Principal Controller of Defence Accounts (Pension) for redressal of their grievances in a time-bound manner.  Service Headquarters and CGDA also have dedicated grievance directorates / cells for redressal of grievances of Ex-Servicemen.  Disposal of the grievances is monitored at the highest level in the Government.

This information was given by Minister of State for Defence Dr. Subhash Bhamre in a written reply to Smt Ambika Soni and Dr. T Subbarami Reddy in Rajya Sabha today.

16. Scorpene Submarine Data Leak

On 24th August 2016, it was reported in an Australian newspaper “The Australian” that certain data relating to the Scorpene class Submarines was leaked. A Committee was constituted by the Ministry of Defence to enquire into the reported leak of documents. The Committee has submitted its report, which is under examination.
This information was given by Minister of State for Defence Dr. Subhash Bhamre in a written reply to Shri Vishambhar Prasad Nishad and others in Rajya Sabha today.



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