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No 'significant improvement'?in deficiency in Army's ammunition reserves: CAG report

The CAG said that when it came to 40 per cent of the types of ammunition used by the Army, the military had reserves that would not be sufficient to fight a 10-day war.? Photograph: (ANI)

WION Web Team New Delhi, Delhi, India Jul 22, 2017, 05.27 AM (IST)

The Comptroller and Auditor General has said there has been no "significant improvement" in the shortfall in ammunition used by the Indian Army. 

It said that when it came to 40 per cent of the types of ammunition used by the Army, the military had reserves that would not be sufficient to fight a 10-day war. 

In another 55 per cent of types of ammunition, it said the military did not have sufficient reserves to fight a 20-day war. 

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The CAG placed its report in Parliament on Friday. 

The CAG added that the artillery did not have fuses for 83 per cent of the ammunition used by it. 

A fuse is attached to an artillery shell just before it is fired. 

Without them, the artillery will not be able to use 83 per cent of its ammunition. 

The report is especially alarming because of heightened tensions between India and China in the Sikkim sector. 

There has been no immediate comment from the goverment on the CAG report. 

The report though comes just days after the government allowed the Army to procure -- without clearance from the defence ministry -- 46 types of ammunition to fight short, intense wars. 

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