2016: An Eventful Year For Ministry Of Defence
SP's MAI|January 1-31 2017

Speedy modernisation of the armed forces to meet present and emerging challenges, development of requisite capacities and infrastructure for making up critical deficiency of weapons and equipment and creating a robust defence set up in the country through the ‘Make in India’ initiative, were the salient achievements of the Ministry of Defence (MoD) during 2016.

The year also saw progress for the welfare of ex-servicemen as the much awaited One Rank, One Pension (OROP) scheme funds reaching the accounts of ex-servicemen and families. During the year as part of defence diplomacy, India engaged with its neighbours and Far Eastern countries, as well also developed countries through bilateral talks, ship visits and trilateral military exercises. To expedite capacity building, as well as offensive capabilities of the armed forces, the Defence Acquisition Council (DAC), the apex body of the Ministry of Defence in matters of acquisitions, cleared different critical and high-end defence procurement proposals to the tune of more than `1,00,000 crore.

The new Defence Procurement Procedure (DPP) 2016 was promulgated for capital procurements and came into effect from April 1, 2016. DPP 2016 has a focus on achieving the ‘Make in India’ vision by according priority to ‘Buy Indian–IDDM’ (Indian Designed, Developed and Manufactured) and ‘Buy (Indian)’ categories. It also focuses on enhancement and rationalisation of indigenous content.

The Ministry of Defence also issued guidelines for penalties in business dealings with entities, which have come into effect from November 21. The guidelines lay down policy for levy of financial penalties and/or suspension/banning of business dealings with entities, seeking to enter into contract with/having entered into a contract for the procurement of goods and services by the Ministry of Defence. ‘Entities’ will include companies, trusts, societies, as well as individuals and their associations with whom the Ministry of Defence has entered into, or intends to enter into, or could enter into contracts or agreements. The guidelines are available at http://mod. nic.in/writereaddata/guideentities.pdf.

Indian Army

Current Situation in Jammu and Kashmir: The security situation in J&K is at an important crossroads. Ceasefire violations (CFVs) which saw a significant rise in the preceding months, wherein several incidents of calibre escalation to artillery/120mm mortar were attempted by Pakistan. This has seen a drastic reduction in CFVs post the Director General of Military Operations (DGMO) level talks which took place on November 23. Relentless operations by the Army both along the line of control (LoC) and in the hinterland in concert with other security forces have thwarted the designs of the nexus to give a fillip to the proxy war being waged against India. Army along with Central Armed Police Forces (CAPF) and J&K Police continues to put in relentless efforts to bring back normalcy to the Kashmir Valley.

Situation along LAC: There is no commonly delineated line of actual control (LAC) in the border areas between India and China. From time to time, on account of differing perception of the LAC, situations have arisen on the ground that could have been avoided if we had a common perception of the LAC. Army regularly takes up any such situation along the LAC with the Chinese side through established mechanism including border personnel meetings, flag meetings, meeting of Working Mechanism for Consultation & Coordination on India-China Border Affairs and diplomatic channels.

Surgical Strikes along LoC: Based on specific and credible inputs about some terrorist teams having positioned themselves at launch pads along LoC to carry out infiltration and conduct terrorist strikes in Jammu and Kashmir and in various metros in other states, the Indian Army conducted surgical strikes on September 29 at several of these launch pads to pre-empt infiltration by terrorists.

The operations were focused on ensuring that these terrorists did not succeed in their design to cause destruction and endanger the lives of our citizens. During these counter terrorist operations significant casualties were caused to terrorists and those providing support to them.

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