Armed Forces Get Special Powers Over Weapons Purchase, Rs 300 Crore Cap

The government has already approved the purchase of 33 frontline fighter jets (Representational)

New Delhi:

Amid tension between India and China over the Ladakh border dispute – fuelled by the killing of 20 Indian soldiers last month – the armed forces have been granted special powers to purchase up to Rs 300 crore of weapons and equipment for “emergent operational requirements”, the Defence Ministry said Wednesday.

The decision, taken at a DAC (defence acquisition council) meeting led by Defence Minister Rajnath Singh, will shrink procurement timelines and ensure the military gets new arms and equipment within 12 months of placement of the order.

DAC delegated powers for progressing urgent capital acquisition cases, up to Rs 300 crores, to the armed forces to meet emergent operational requirements,” a tweet by the ministry said.

“This will shrink procurement timelines and ensure placement of orders within six months and commencement of deliveries within one year,” the tweet read.

The ministry’s statement said there would be no cap on the number of procurement programmes, meaning the armed forces can place multiple orders – so long as each is Rs 300 crore or less.

According to news agency PTI, the special meeting of the…

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