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Ordnance Factory Board dismisses Army’s reports attributing accidents to poor quality ammunition

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Ordnance Factory Board dismisses Army’s reports attributing accidents to poor quality ammunition

Solely 2% of circumstances attributable to board, says spokesperson

In a letter to Defence Minister Rajnath Singh, Shiv Sena MP Priyanka Chaturvedi (image) appealed for a rethink on the federal government’s resolution on corporatisation of the Ordnance Manufacturing unit Board. File photograph
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Solely 2% of circumstances attributable to board, says spokesperson

The Ordnance Factory Board (OFB) has dismissed experiences on a number of accidents between 2014 and 2019 attributable to poor high quality ammunition manufactured by them and stated it “doesn’t settle for the figures.”

“For the accidents between January 2015 to December 2019, by which defect investigation has been accomplished, solely 19% of the circumstances are attributable to OFB,” a spokesperson of the board stated.

Additional, out of the whole variety of accidents by which defect investigation had been accomplished, solely 2% of the circumstances by which casualties had been reported have been attributable to the OFB, he acknowledged.

As reported earlier, in line with inner knowledge of the Army between 2014 and 2019, there were 403 incidents due to poor quality of ammunition manufactured by OFB, attributable to which the Military suffered 25 deaths and 146 accidents and in addition disposed of ₹960 crore value of ammunition earlier than the shelf life was full.

Between 2011 and 2018, there had been greater than 125 accidents involving ammunition procured from sources apart from OFB, each home and international, the OFB spokesperson stated, stating solely circumstances the place OFB ammunition was concerned have been being selectively reported.

“It have to be emphasised right here that almost all of those accidents contain classic ammunition manufactured previous to 2006 when inspection of all enter supplies was undertaken by the Director Common High quality Assurance (DGQA) and OFB had no management on the standard of enter materials,” the spokesperson stated.

Actually, after 2005-06, when the duty for inspection of enter materials was given to OFB, there had been a lower within the variety of accidents, he acknowledged.

MP’s enchantment

In a letter to Defence Minister Rajnath Singh, Shiv Sena MP Priyanka Chaturvedi appealed for a rethink on the federal government’s resolution on corporatisation of the OFB.

“There has additionally been an unlucky try to tarnish its [OFB’s] picture and make it a match case for privatisation,” Ms. Chaturvedi stated. The choice of the federal government to corporatise the ordnance factories went towards the assurances given by 4 earlier Defence Ministers to the federations, she claimed.

“It additionally goes towards the assertion of the federal government earlier than the Parliamentary Standing Committee, that changing OFB into company entities just isn’t a viable proposal, attributable to fluctuation of the requirement of the armed forces and in addition the ordnance factories have to take care of spare capability as a conflict reserve,” Ms. Chaturvedi stated within the letter.

She added that she bought a illustration from a number of employees federations that 99% of the workers had rejected the transfer of the federal government.

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