GOVERNMENT OF INDIA
MINISTRY OF DEFENCE
DEPARTMENT OF DEFENCE
UNSTARRED QUESTION NO. 1310
TO BE ANSWERED ON THE 14TH MARCH,2017
SHORT SUPPLY OF MEDALS
Will the Minister of DEFENCE be pleased to state:
(a)The total requirement of medals in the details Armed Forces from 2013 to 2016;
(b)The number of medals supplied to Armed Forces during the above period;
(c)Whether there is a short supply of medals for soldiers of the Armed Forces;
(d)If so, what steps Government has taken to meet the backlog of medals;
(e) By when Government will cover backlog of medals; and
(f)The measures undertaken or planned to be taken by Government to address the problem of delay and short supply of medals?
MINISTER OF STATE IN THE MINISTRY OF DEFENCE
(a)As on 31.12.2016, around 16,82,577 Service Medals are pending for issue to Tri-Services i.e. Army, Navy and Air Force.
(b)Total Number of medals supplied to Armed Forces from January 2013 to December, 2016 is 1,68,268.
(d) Directorate of Military Regulations and Forms (DMR&F) has been persistently and vigorously making efforts to clear the backlog od service medals. Two proposals, for procurement of 7,60,000 and 9,89,600 medals respectively are already in the pipeline to clear the backlog.
(e)Procurement of service medals by Directorate of Military Regulations and Forms (DMR&F) is done on the requisitions received from 60 record offices of Army, Navy & Air Force, which is a continuous process. Normally, it takes 23 weeks to clear one procurement proposal as per DPM,2009.
(f)Keeping in view the requirement of medals during the last three years, procurement proposals in anticipation of demand are proposed to be moved by DMR&F.