1.86 lakh of bulletproof jackets to be acquired in April next year: Government

NEW DELHI: The shortage of bulletproof jackets for the armed forces is being met by acquiring 1.86 lakh of those jackets by April 2020 for almost 6.99 million rupees, Minister of Defense. Rajnath singh Reported on Monday.

In response to follow-up questions, the minister said there was no embargo on the importation of raw materials from China for making such bulletproof jackets, and that any supplier that violated the tender rules would face the action and could be disqualified

The minister also assured the House that the government has no plans to reduce the justified benefits provided to armed personnel with disabilities.

In 2009, there was a shortage of 3,53,755 bulletproof jackets, but the acquisition was not made for a long time. A purchase proposal request of 1.86,138 bullet-proof jackets was issued in April 2016 and the bidding on this was assigned on April 9, 2018 to an Indian buyer.

The total value of the contract is Rs 638.97 crore, for the acquisition of 1.86.138 bulletproof jackets, which will be delivered within 36 months and must be completed before April 8, 2020, the minister told the home.

So far, the quality controls of the DGQA have been completed and 10,000 bulletproof jackets have already been purchased and for this year a total of 37,000 jackets of this type must be purchased, for 8.10.2019, he said.

Singh said Taiwan and China is included in the list of countries for the import of synthetic fiber.

The source of raw material has not been included in the offer for the acquisition of bulletproof jackets.

There is no embargo on the import of raw material for bulletproof jackets from China in the tender. There is a clause for 30 percent Indian content in India that must be guaranteed, he said.

There is no decrease in the quality of bulletproof jackets (BPJs) purchased for him, the minister said in his written response.

He said that since bulletproof jackets are protective equipment, they are purchased strictly on the basis of the Qualitative General Staff Requirement (GSQR) identified by the Central Service with full Quality Assurance (QA) coverage that includes detailed tests provided. by the General Director of Quality Assurance (DGQA) for each lot/lot supplied by the supplier.

The supply order for the acquisition of 50,000 BPJ to meet the immediate requirement was made on 03.31.2016 on M/s Tata Advance Material Limited, Bangalore, 10, Jigani Industrial Area, Bangalore-560105.

These BPJs were delivered after quality inspection and acceptance in March 2017.

The contract for 1,86,138 BPJ was signed on April 9, 2018 with M/S SMPP Private Limited, M-17, South Extension, Part II, New Delhi-110049. 10,000 BPJ were delivered in March 2019 after the usual quality inspection. And acceptance, said the minister to the house.

To a question about the benefits granted to people with disabilities, Singh said: I want to make it clear to the House that the justified benefits for armed personnel with disabilities will not be reduced.

However, he said that clarification will be requested from the Central Direct Tax Board (CBDT) regarding a recent circular.

In response to another question about total deaths of armed personnel at higher altitudes, including the Siachen glacier, he said there have been eight deaths of this type in 2018, five in 2017 and 20 in 2016.

The causes of death in the Siachen Glacier and in other High Altitude Areas range from those directly related to Altitude Altitude such as the High Altitude Lung Oedama (HAPO) and Pulmonary Thromboembolism (PTE) to other general causes, said in your written response.

He said that the Indian Army is deployed in a highly treacherous terrain along the borders in J-K, where there is a constant threat of cracks, avalanches and other weather-related calamities for the troops.

The government took several steps to prevent casualties such as the pre-induction medical examination, the strict acclimatization program, the provision of specialized training, special shelters for life, the provision of specialized clothing and high-quality rations, the minister said.

Measures have also been taken to use modern technological equipment for rescue missions and accident prevention, in addition to issuing regular warnings, the minister said.