Less calories, no snow boots for Soldiers at Siachen: CAG Report

The Hush Post| 6:04 pm|one-minute-read|

Indian Army troops do not have snow glasses and multi-purpose boots to wear and requisite sanctioned food to eat in high altitude areas in Siachen and Ladakh.

This exposes them to inclement weather which cause ailments due to extreme cold conditions. The Comptroller and Auditor General (CAG) report states this.

The CAG report on Union Government (Defence Services) — Army said: Army troops do not get the authorised daily consumption of food in the high altitude areas. The report also states the troops calorie intake is less by as high as 82 per cent.

CAG laid the report on Union Government (Defence Services)-Army in the Rajya Sabha. However, it failed to lay it in Lok Sabha.

This stopped Comptroller and Auditor General Rajiv Mehrishi from releasing the report. Sources in Rajya Sabha, who reportedly accessed the report, claimed that the audit highlights the condition of Indian Army in high altitude areas.

The shortage in snow goggles is between 62 per cent to 98 per cent. This exposes soldiers’ faces and eyes to extreme weather. Worse, the troops had to wear old and used multi-purpose boots. The force did not received boots between November 2015 and September 2016.

The troops protect borders with old versions of face masks, jackets and sleeping bags. The troops do not get the benefits of using improved products. At Leh station, the special ration items have been shown as issued to troops without their actual receipts.



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