New Delhi: In a strong censure of the country’s weapons procurement procedure, the Comptroller and Auditor General on 14 May said the process of technical and trial evaluation lacked “objectivty and fair play” and 60% of purchases were made from a single vendor.
There are deficiencies too in formulation of General Staff Qualitative requirements and acute lack of coordination in procurment of weapons common to the three services army, navy and IAF, the CAG said in its latest report tabled in Parliament.
Coming out for the first time with a ‘Performance Audit´ of defence capital acquisitions, the CAG said “the process of technical and trial evaluation of weapons system did not demonstrate objectivity and fair play”.
The report said in “60% of cases of army purchases, only a single vendor was pre-qualified”.
The accounting watchdog body’s observation about the new Defence Procurement comes as India, according to official figures tabled in Parliament, spent a staggering Rs 44,009 crore on arms imports in the last three years.
In coming two to three years, the Defence projections of purchase of weapon systems are to touch another Rs 45,000 to Rs 50,000 crores.