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Concern raised over personnel, arms shortage in Indian army

New Delhi, December 18, 2012 (PPI-OT): Concerns were raised in upper house of Indian parliament, Rajya Sabha, over severe shortage of personnel and arms in the Indian Army. Raising the issue during Zero Hour in the house, a BJP member, Shanta Kumar said, “It is a matter of grave concern that Indian Army is facing a shortage of 12,500 officers and 30,000 jawans.”

The shortage has been accepted by Defence Minister A K Antony and has been widely reported in media leading to a sense of insecurity among masses, Kumar said. Demanding filling up of the vacant posts immediately, he said that even former Army Chief, V K Singh, had written to Prime Minister Manmohan Singh regarding shortage of arms and equipment in the Indian Army.

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