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Over 58 lakh outlived bullets not yet disposed by police: CAG

Over 58 lakh outlived bullets not yet disposed by police: CAG
In its report on social, general and economic sectors, the government auditor has observed in 20 test-checked field units during March-June 2014 of the department, that 10.55 lakh 9-mm bullets which had outlived their prescribed life by years ranging between 8 and 28 years were not disposed off and lying in stores.

The report says 48.11 lakh ammunition (other than 9 mm) which had also outlived their shelf life by over 10 years were also lying in stores of 16 field units.

The Ministry of Defence had clarified in July 2011 that normal life of 9-mm ammunition would be 5-7 years. If shelf life was over, the same should not be used and disposed off from safety point of view, it said.

CAG found that the outlived ammunition could not be checked for its serviceability or disposal due to non-availability of ammunition examiner in the state (Punjab) for last four years as the only examiner had retired in 2010.

ADGP had stated in August 2014 that a committee had been formed under the chairmanship of DIG (PAP) to dispose off outlived ammunition on the recommendations of ammunition examiner hired from BSF.

Rapping Punjab’s Home Affairs and Justice Department, CAG found that 113 weapons including rifle, revolver, sten guns, carbines, pistol in nine test-checked field units at various places including Ferozepur, Amritsar, Pathankot, Jalandhar, Mohali, were declared unserviceable and were not deposited in the Central Armoury. It was also noticed that 1,241 unserviceable weapons already deposited in central armoury had not been disposed off, the report said.

Standing orders provide that arms declared unserviceable by state Assistant Inspector Arms should be deposited in central armoury at Bahadurgarh, Patiala for their disposal as per orders of DGP.
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