New Delhi, July 22: At a time when the possibility of full-fledged war with China on Doklam issue looms large, Indian Army is facing a shortfall of 40 per cent of types ammunition. According to the Compliance Report of the Comptroller and Auditor General (CAG), 40 per cent types of ammunitions will exhaust after ten days of the war. Of the 152 types of ammunition used by the military, availability of 55 per cent types was below the minimum inescapable requirement, found the CAG report. The audit watchdog’s report also pointed out that there hasn’t been a remarkable change in the performance of the Ordnance Factory Board (OFB) and functioning of its factories in comparison to what it was in 2013.
Blaming the OFB for failing to deliver, the CAG report said as of March 2013, 50 per cent of types of ammunition available was for less than ten days of warfighting. As of September 2016, 40 per cent types of ammunition was still in critical level, found the CAG report, which was placed before the Parliament on Friday. The OFB is responsible for supplying nearly 90 per cent of the army’s requirement of ammunition. The CAG report came on the day when CBI launched a probe against officials of Gun Carriage Factory (GCF) in Madhya Pradesh for allegedly supplying Chinese parts, camouflaged as ‘Made in Germany’, for the manufacture of 155mm Dhanush guns.
“We observed no significant improvement in the availability of ammunition (September 2016)..availability of 55 per cent types of ammunitions was below MARL i.e. minimum inescapable requirement to be maintained for operational preparedness, and 40 percent types of ammunitions were in critical level, having stock of less than 10 days,” the CAG report noted. The report further remarked that despite highlighting “serious concerns” in its earlier report, “no significant improvement took place in the critical deficiency in availability and quality of ammunition… since March 2013”. (ALSO READ: India-China Border Standoff: Pakistan Tries to Interfere in Doklam Row)
The CAG report also said there is a deficiency of 83 per cent in the stock of fuzes for the artillery ammunition. Fuze is considered to be the brain of the artillery ammunition which is fitted to the shell just before firing. It only means 83 per cent of artillery ammunition cannot be used in operation. The alarming report comes at a time when there is military tension over the Himalayan tri-junction between India and China and numerous ceasefire violations by Pakistan.