Min­istry of De­fence En­hances Fi­nan­cial Pow­ers of Armed Forces

India Strategic - - TALKING POINTS -

NEW DELHI. In an un­prece­dented move, the Min­istry of De­fence (MoD) has de­cided to del­e­gate sub­stan­tial fi­nan­cial pow­ers to the Armed Forces for un­der­tak­ing works for perime­ter se­cu­rity of sen­si­tive mil­i­tary in­stal­la­tions. This has been done pri­mar­ily to ex­pe­dite the de­ci­sion mak­ing process in­volved in the mod­erni­sa­tion of the se­cu­rity ap­pa­ra­tus of air­bases and de­fence in­stal­la­tions.

The Vice-Chiefs of the three Ser­vices have been em­pow­ered to place or­ders, pro­cure equip­ment and carry out civil works with­out fur­ther seek­ing ap­provals of the MoD.

The fi­nan­cial del­e­ga­tion rep­re­sents a sig­nif­i­cant jump in the pow­ers cur­rently ex­er­cised by the Ser­vices.

De­fence Min­is­ter Arun Jaitley has also fixed strict time­lines to en­sure that the works are un­der­taken on pri­or­ity and in a time-bound man­ner to en­sure full se­cu­rity of our crit­i­cal de­fence as­sets.

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