New Delhi: Amid tensions running along the Indo-China border, the central government has decided to increase the military’s immediate strength. In view of increasing tension along the border with China, the government has given emergency financial powers to the three army members for the purchase of arms and ammunition up to Rs 500 crore per purchase project. Government sources gave this information on Sunday. The Army, Air Force and Navy come in all three parts of the army.
Sources said that special financial powers have been given to the forces to purchase weapons and military equipment in a very short time to increase their operations preparations along the Line of Actual Control (LAC). Sources said that the government has also reduced the delay in military procurement by giving special discounts like purchasing essential weapons and equipment from the same vendor.
Significantly, on June 15, 20 Indian soldiers were killed in a violent clash with Chinese soldiers in the Galwan Valley of eastern Ladakh. This has increased the tension between the two countries. Amid fears of a confrontation again, Defense Minister Rajnath Singh has already instructed the Army, Air Force and Navy to step up their campaign preparations on LAC.
Military sources said that the army is going to use emergency financial powers to increase its ammunition reserves as the deadlock is very unlikely to be resolved soon. A source said, ‘Rs 500 crore per procurement project has been given to all the three organs of the army.’
The skirmish in the Galvan Valley is the biggest confrontation between the two sides in the last 45 years. The Chinese People’s Liberation Army (PLA) has not yet said how many of its soldiers have been killed.