In 1973, two years from India’s historic victory over Pakistan, Indira Gandhi decided on reducing the pension of the armed forces by about 40%. This provoked the call of pay-pension equity, a notion that guides the OROP concept. The demand snubbed for 40 years, finally saw its actualization two years after the NDA formed government at the center in 2014, albeit succeeding massive protests and hunger strikes countrywide.
Seeing how an oppressively slow procurement system forced a frustrating wait of 9 years and we lost many brave hearts because a critical body armour was missing, the government signed a ‘Make in India’ contract of over 1.85 lakh bulletproof jackets which will be delivered by April this year – next month, that is. Prime Minister Modi has a special affinity for the armed forces and his government has worked effectively to empower them.
In 5 years, the NDA government has inked Defence Contracts of over 4.26 lakh crore.
This would include the much-publicized, discussed and debated Rafale deal. India is preparing to fortify its forces with 36 multi-role combat aircrafts that comes for a whopping amount of Rs 59,000 crore. Read More