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Army invokes emergency powers

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Topics covered:

Various Security forces and agencies and their mandate.

 

Army invokes emergency powers

 

What to study?

For prelims and mains: emergency powers- features, need, concerns and significance.

 

Context: The Army is in the process of procuring Spike-LR Anti-Tank Missiles from Israel and Igla-S Very Short Range Air Defence Systems (VSHORAD) from Russia through a set of new financial powers for emergency procurements sanctioned by the Defence Ministry earlier this month.

 

Features of emergency financial powers given to Army:

  • After the Pulwama attack, the government has given emergency powers to the armed forces for buying equipment to enable them to fight wars on the western border with Pakistan.
  • Under the latest emergency financial powers, armed forces have been given a free hand to procure equipment worth upto ₹300 crore on a priority basis.
  • The government also relaxed certain rules to cut delays in military purchase like allowing the three services to procure required weapons and equipment from a single vendor.
  • Entirely new systems not in use can also be procured under the new powers.
  • For the procurement under the emergency orders, the forces need not even take concurrence of the Integrated Financial Advisor from the defence finance department.

 

Need:

The defence Ministry feels that since the forces have to fight wars, they should decide on their requirement and priority in the acquisition and buy that equipment.

 

Spike-LR Anti-Tank Missiles: 

  • being procured from Israel.
  • range of 4 km.

Sources: The Hindu.