GOVERNMENT OF INDIA
Ministry of Home Affairs
UNSTARRED QUESTION NO 2134
TO BE ANSWERED ON 16.03.2016
Ineffectiveness of MPVs
2134. Shri Rajeev Chandrasekhar
Will the Minister of HOME AFFAIRS be pleased to state:-
(a) whether Government is aware that paramilitary troops in LWE-affected States are being asked to move on foot or use motorbikes to avoid casualties, given the ineffectiveness of current Mine-Protected Vehicles (MPVs) acquired by CRPF;
(b) if so, the details thereof;
(c) the details of number of MPVs that have been acquired along with total cost;
(d) when were the QRs for these MPVs finalized; and
(e) given that CRPF and other Paramilitary forces require new and safer MPVs why Government is delaying finalization of specification of these MPVs thus continuing to put the lives of our security personnel at risk?
MINISTER OF STATE IN THE MINISTRY OF HOME AFFAIRS
(SHRI HARIBHAI PARATHIBHAI CHAUDHARY)
(a) & (b): CRPF undertakes multi-mode operational movement in LWE affected States depending upon the ground reality, threat perception, intelligence inputs etc.
(c): CAPFs have acquired 170 Nos. of MPVs having total approx cost of Rs.127.50 crore.
(d):The Qualitative Requirement QRs/Specifications, of MPVs were approved in 2014.
(e): There was no delay in approving the QRs/specifications, hence the question does not arise.