No Shortage of Weapons In Army: General Bipin Rawat

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No Shortage of Weapons In Army: General Bipin Rawat
No Shortage of Weapons In Army: General Bipin Rawat

Army chief General Bipin Rawat also said incidents of stone pelting have come down significantly in Jammu and Kashmir and security forces are making all efforts to maintain normalcy in the state.

Indian Army chief General Bipin Rawat said on Friday that the armed force is not facing any shortage of arms and it can give a befitting reply to the country’s enemies, contrary to claims of the top government auditor that its ammunition stock was in a critical level and will exhaust within 10 days.

“We have to keep modernising weapons and arms as the technology is upgrading and we are trying to bring in new and modernised ones in our army,” General Rawat told reporters in Varanasi after attending the bicentenary celebration of 9 Gorkha Rifles at 39 Gorkha Training Centre.

The Comptroller and Auditor General (CAG) said there was a critical shortage of ammunition in the army in its report in July and that 55% ammunition used by the force would not last long to meet the minimum operational requirements.

It added that for the remaining 45%, the army has stock which could be put to use for a maximum of 10 days in case of an “intense war”.