Govt yet to spend Re 1 on military bases' security
The government is yet to sanction a single rupee for fortifying military bases across the country, notwithstanding the demand by the three services for Rs 2,000 crore to plug the gaps in their security in the wake of the Pathankot terror attack.
A total of 3,000 sensitive bases, including 600 highly sensitive installations of the Army, Navy and the Air Force were identified by the forces which had sought financial aid from the government to revamp the security infrastructure.
The Army has spent Rs 325 crore from its "internal" funds on building boundary walls, sentry posts, and installing security cameras and sensors, but the government is yet to give a single rupee to the three services for it, official sources said. A security audit of defence bases was carried out on the recommendation of a committee headed by Lt Gen Philip Campose which was set up after the terror attack on the forward Pathankot Air Force base last year. The committee was asked to recommend measures to beef up security at the military bases. The armed forces had together sought Rs 2,000 crore to strengthen security infrastructure at all "highly sensitive, sensitive and moderately sensitive bases" during the current and next financial year.
The sources said following security audit, revised standard operating precedures (SOPs) were sent to the commands of all three services to revamp security management, including putting in place a multi-tier security structure.