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Re: 2,000 AK-47 rifles but no bullets to fire

From the article,

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Originally Posted by echarcha View Post
In 2004-06, the MHA provided the Assam Police with 5,200 INSAS rifles worth Rs 13.06 crore. The DGP's office, in October-November 2006, issued 1,680 of these rifles to 24 districts and 3,520 rifles to the battalions. However, the rifles given to the districts were withdrawn in December 2007. The reason cited for the withdrawal was: INSAS rifle is a specialised weapon and should be held only by specially trained personnel of two new battalions "likely to be raised." The new battalions haven't been raised yet.
The CAG report also stated that while 32 of these INSAS rifles were issued to police stations in Kamrup district, remaining were lying idle. "Procurement of INSAS rifles without assessing its requirement resulting in idling of weaponry worth Rs 4.13 crore," the CAG report said.
Here both Assam Police and MHA are at fault! Assam Police are morons to reject INSAS. INSAS has become the standard issue of Indian Army. It is being supplied to all central paramilitary forces on priority basis as well as specialized units of state police forces like Mumbai Police ATS, SoGs of Orissa, J&K and Greyhounds of AP Police and so forth. When all these forces are using INSAS, how can it be called a specialized weapon? Its a full assault rifle like AK-47 and infact draws a lot of its design from it. On one hand, police forces complain of ill-equipment and when centre provides modernized weapons, they reject them! Morons!

MHA is stupid as well. If Assam Police rejected these weapons, re-route the supply to other central paramilitary forces that are still switching to INSAS. AFAIK, Ordinance factory produces only about 50000 or so INSAS rifles a year. More than 2 million troops (Army + Paramilitary forces) are to be equipped with these. So there is shortage of supply and MHA is letting moronic police forces like Assam rot these weapons in storage!
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