Army chief appear before PAC
PRESS TRUST OF INDIA
New Delhi, Jan 12: In an unprecedented development, the Chiefs of Army and Air Force today appeared before the Parliament's Public Accounts Committee in connection with alleged irregularities in ration supplies and were told to overhaul the system which was promised within six months.
Army Chief Gen V K Singh, Air Chief Marshal P V Naik and Naval Chief Admiral Nirmal Verma had been called by the PAC on the basis of alleged irregularities highlighted by two CAG reports.
While Singh and Naik appeared before the Committee, Verma was away on an official foreign trip and was represented by Vice Chief Vice Admiral D K Deewan.
The Army Chief first appeared individually in connection with the alleged irregularities in distribution of dry ration and then, in the afternoon, he came before the Committee again along with Naik and Deewan in connection with irregularities in the Canteen and Stores Department (CSD).
The PAC was promised that a mechanism to overhaul the dry ration supply chain would be prepared in three months and implemented across the country in another three months, sources told PTI.
This was the first time when the Chiefs of Armed forces have appeared before a Parliamentary Committee. As per the normal practice, the Defence Secretary attends meetings of the Parliamentary Committees along with Vice Chiefs of the Services.
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