By Express News Service Published: 28th April 2015 06:00 AM
NEW DELHI: Commenting on poor border roads connectivity, a Parliamentary panel has said that in the event of a war, the Army will take more than 24 hours to reach a border area where the Chinese PLA can arrive at in two or three hours. The Standing Committee on Defence, expressing serious concerns over connectivity to Arunachal Pradesh’s Tawang area, hit out at the Border Roads Organisation and asked it to construct good roads, especially on the eastern front facing China, on a priority basis.
The report said the delay in the procurement process had affected the armed forces’ operational preparedness.
The Committee observed that the naval budget had declined from 18.14 percent in 2006-07 to 16.51 percent in 2015-16.
Raising the issue of repeated naval accidents, the panel said the promulgation of the standard operating procedure to check the spurt in accidents was “ineffective”. The panel observed that allocation for the IAF is approximately 70 percent of the projection.
The report also slammed the ministry over the gap between the sanctioned strength of active fighter aircraft squadrons and their actual number.
The report said that the position of expenditure up to the end of February 2015 for the Army, Navy and the IAF is Rs 14,843,37 crore, Rs 18,438.02 crore and Rs 29,682 crore against their revised estimates of Rs 21,933.54 crore, 18,507.07 core and Rs 33,710.68 crore respectively.
The Parliament Panel on Defence has called for a “complete revamp” and reorientation of the Defence Research Development Organistaion DRDO) to allow active participation of the private sector. It stressed on the need for a “complete revamp and reorientation of how the DRDO functions” with a major suggestion being to encourage the active involvement of the private sector, universities, the IITs and IIS. They could play a major role in the resurgence of the DRDO, it added.