CAG report tabled in Parl outdated: Army Chief

New Delhi: Army Chief General MM Naravane on Tuesday said report by the Comptroller and Auditor General (CAG) tabled in parliament on Monday regarding condition of troops in high altitude areas was “a little outdated” and stressed that every jawan who goes to Siachen gets personal clothing worth approximately Rs 1 lakh.

“That CAG report pertains to the year 2015-16. So it is not the report of the present times. It is a little outdated in that sense. But I would like to assure you that as of today — 2020, we are very well prepared,” he said. He furthur said: “That is the kind of preparation we do, that is the way we equip every man before he goes up and similar is the case with special rations which are authorised to anyone who is deployed in such difficult areas. We are making sure whatever their needs are, are met. As things improve, as new technology comes in, as better, lighter clothing comes in…we will continue introducing those also. We will ma ke sure our men are looked after at all times,” he said. General Naravane said: “The Defence Budget has seen a modest increase of about 8 per cent year on year. We will be studying how to manage this budget and how to make full use of it. And we will continue to modernise and not withstanding what budget allocations are made…the last year itself we have inducted more than 4-5 different kind of weapon systems. Modernisation has never been an issue notwithstanding the budget allocation.”

Poonch: Ceasefire violation by Pak India responding

Pakistan on Tuesday violated the LoC ceasefire in Jammu and Kashmir’’s Poonch district and Indian troops were returning the fire, the Indian Army said.

According to an army statement, Pakistan initiated unprovoked ceasefire violation, firing with small arms and shelling with mortars along LoC in Shahpur and Kirni sectors of Poonch.

“Indian Army is retaliating befittingly,” the statement added.

A civilian was killed and four others injured in firing by Pakistan in the Tangdhar sector of Kupwara in Jammu and Kashmir on Monday night.

According to reports, Pakistan resorted to indiscriminate shelling and firing on Indian defence positions and villages close to the LoC.