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Government empowers Army to procure weaponry for short intense wars

The Centre has given Army vice-chief full financial powers to procure critical ammunition and spares to maintain an optimum level to fight a short intense war.

  • The major decision means procurement process of such ammunition and equipment that would take months would be completed much faster.
  • This is the revenue route for in-service equipment and there will be no need to head to the Defence Acquisition Council (headed by defence minister Arun Jaitley) or the Cabinet Committee on Security, for procuring such critical equipment. This will ensure that the time taken in procuring such equipment will reduce tremendously.
  • As part of it, the Army has been allowed to procure 46 types of ammunition and spares for 10 different types of weapons systems.
  • The Army faces severe shortage in ammunition, mainly for artillery guns, tanks, air defence and certain infantry weapons, which will make it very difficult to fight a short intense war that lasts for 10 to 15 days.

The government has conducted faster procurement in the past when it realised that there were several voids in the capabilities of the Army, mainly in ammunition.

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With reference to 'Natural Rate of Unemployment', consider the following statements.

1. It is the level of unemployment in an economy that is just consistent with a stable rate of Inflation.

2. It is the unemployment that prevails when all markets in the economy are in equilibrium.

 

(a)1 and 2

(b)2 only

(c)1 only

(d)None of the above

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