New Delhi, April 17 (KMS): In an effort to boost the sinking morale of its forces in the wake of 27 February fiasco, India has granted emergency powers to the three services to procure weapons and military hardware in the name of enhancement of operational preparedness along the Line of Control and international border with Pakistan.

New Delhi has also relaxed certain rules to cut delays in military purchase like allowing the three services to procure required weapons and equipment from a single vendor, officials said.

“In March last year, the vice chiefs of the three services were granted additional financial powers to carry out specific procurement to ensure operational preparedness. Now, the government has granted more powers to the Army, Navy and the Indian Air Force to go for buying of critical weapons and equipment to help them effectively deal with any hostilities along the border with Pakistan,” they added.

In March last year, the defence ministry enhanced the financial powers of the three vice chiefs from Rs 1 billion to Rs 5 billion for specific procurement arms and ammunition.

It is worth mentioning here that in response to India’s aggression in Pakistan’s Balakot area on February 26 Pakistan in a surprise move shot down two Indian fighter planes and captured a pilot on February 27.


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