Amid the border stand-off with China, Defence Minister Arun Jaitely today rejected reports about shortage of ammunition and asserted that the armed forces have enough quantity to face any eventuality. He stated this in the Lok Sabha after a member raised questions about the preparedness of the armed forces while contending that there are “disturbing reports from our border areas”, a reference to the Doklam stand-off. A question was also asked in reference to a CAG report which had stated that the defence forces have ammunition that can last for 20 days in an event of a war, instead of the minimum requirement of 40 days.
“This question has been asked earlier also and I will only reiterate what I had said. Our defence forces have adequate equipment to face any eventuality,” Jaitely said, without any mention of the Doklam stand-off which has been going on for nearly two months. The defence minister said the findings of the CAG report, which had talked about the shortage of ammunition, related to a particular point of time. “Thereafter significant process has been made. It is a continuous process. Therefore, nobody should have any doubt about the availability of equipment or the preparedness of our forces,” Jaitley asserted.