Chief of Defence Staff (CDS) General Bipin Rawat assured the members of Parliamentary Standing Committee on Defence, which met on Friday that the Army is well-stocked under any situation. According to sources, General Rawat assured the committee that the Army has enough ration even for the additional troops deployed on LAC and border.
Sources stated that as the meeting began at 3 pm sharp, Army officials gave two presentations on provisions and quality of ration and ordnance.
‘The official giving details of supplies and stock assured the committee that for any situation along the border including LAC, Army is well stocked. He also said that the Army has adequate stock of 10 months to meet any casualty,’ stated the source.
NCP supremo Sharad Pawar did ask the committee chairman Jual Oram to ensure that exact situation along LAC should be made known to the members.
Congress leader Rahul Gandhi asked questions on the difference in the nutritional value of army official and jawans. The source said that he had asked why bread was not made available to the jawans like their seniors.
On reports of Rahul Gandhi raking up the issue of nutrition in the parliamentary standing committee on Defence meeting, member Lt Gen (retired) DP Vats said he too has read the reports and pained to see the details of the meetings leaked even before parliament could ratify the minutes.
‘Congress deliberately and selectively leaked the details of parliament standing committee discussion before being ratified in parliament. I welcome Rahul Gandhi for attending the committee meeting for the first time. The difference in the food of army personnel is due to the fact that our army is still working on British army lines. That time Britishers used to eat bread and they were on top posts and it continues. Inferior ration talks are completely bogus,’ said Vats, Rajya Sabha MP.
Vats while diverting on the violence on LAC said, ‘There are temporary phases in border issues. Our Army is in an advantageous and disadvantageous position. LAC is an understanding area of common patrolling. Now China has stationed its Army on a few of these points, so, we too did the same. They question our Arunachal as well. Both countries should work on the demarcation of the border. Violent happenings were not expected as bringing rifles weren’t allowed. China is neither a well-meaning friend nor well-meaning neighbour. We need to be in a continued state of preparedness and continued state of hybrid war to keep China in check,’ added Vats.