Army chief General Bipin Rawat on Sunday said the Indian army is ready to fight with whatever weapons are available and that the process of arms procurement is on.
His statement comes days after the parliamentary committee submitted a series of reports in Parliament, including one where the army flagged a financial crunch preventing it from purchasing new equipment and modernising itself. The army had told the committee that the financial crisis was crippling its combat capabilities.
On the reports that the army's weapons are becoming obsolete, the army chief said, "Weapons don't become obsolete overnight. What is new in these reports? This has been said in the past years too. Our jawans are trained in a manner that they can fight with whatever weapons are available with them. The paramilitary forces are also using these weapons."
Answering a question on the challenges of a two-front war with limited budget to buy weapons, he said, "Weapon procurement is not an overnight process. It's not that you go to a grocery store, pay the amount and get the weapons. The process is on."
18:26 CPI-M leader life under threat: Kerala Police:
Communist Party of India-Marxist leader P Jayarajan is facing death threat from Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh, Kerala Police has said.
A Kerala Police internal communication circular, issued by the Kannur district police chief on Friday, stated that Jayarajan's life is under threat.
The circular read that a 'hit team' has been formed under BJP/RSS activist Pranoob Babu, who is also an absconding accused in the murder case of former CPI-M activist Valankichal Mohan, to target Jayarajan.
The circular brands Babu a 'seasoned criminal', who is allegedly involved in numerous crime cases.
It also added that the move to harm Jayarajan is aimed to avenge the murders of close acquaintances Babu Manoj and Ramith.