Oppn takes up CAG report on ammo, Jaitley assures all steps taken

RSTV Bureau
Rajya Sabha at work.

Rajya Sabha at work.

The Opposition members on Tuesday raised the issue of CAG report on the arms and ammunition in Rajya Sabha. Speaking soon after the proceedings began, Samajwadi Party’s Ramgopal Yadav called it a “serious” matter, which has left many “worried”.

“The CAG in its latest report has said that we have arms and ammunition for just 10 days… Our borders are tense and we all know what both China and Pakistan are doing,” he said.

“Please don’t elaborate the situation here but I urge do whatever is required to be done for the security of the country,” the veteran politician added.

Replying to the contention, Union Defense minister Arun Jaitley assured the house that “significant progress has been made” on that front.

“A particular report was given in 2013 and as in follow up of that another report has been submitted recently… Normally we don’t discuss CAG reports but I don’t want to rest on that technicality,” Jaitley said adding, “the report has reference in relation of a point in time, substantially after a significant progress has been made.”

jaitley_cag“… procedures have been simplified, powers have been decentralised and the armed forces are reasonably and sufficiently equipped, let me assure the house,” the Union finance minister said.

But the Congress party kept up the issue for a while with its deputy leader Anand Sharma alleging laxity on the part of the Centre.

“I want specifically to know that when was the procedure simplified? It was only 10 days before when the vice chief of the army, a committee have been set up and the government has now taken a decision to go for emergency ammunition purchase… for three years nothing was done,” said Anand Sharma.

As more Congress members began to intervene in the matter, Deputy Chairman PJ Kurien told that any further discussion on the issue cannot be allowed as Defense minister has spoken on it.

“No discussion on this… I am not allowing any discussion on this. If you want a discussion, give separate notice… No more on this,” Kurien told the agitating Congress members.

Other opposition members too seconded the assurance given by Arun Jaitley.