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Defence Ministry approves construction of 17 new Baffle Firing Ranges

The Union Ministry of Defence has sanctioned construction of 17 new baffle firing ranges at various Military Stations, Cantonments, Training Establishments. The proposed baffle shooting ranges can facilitate firing from 300 to 500 meters.

Key Facts

These 17 new firing ranges will be in addition to 60 similar firing ranges existing all over the country. They will come at Southern Command (7 ranges), Eastern Command (3), Northern Command (2), South Western (1) and Central Commands (1). Besides, one range is proposed at Central Command for Officers Training Academy, Gaya, Bihar.

Background

Baffle firing ranges are covered shooting practice areas which prevent possible accidents due to stray bullet injuries. In recent times, due to growth of civilian population around cantonments areas, possibility of accidents due to stray bullet injuries have increased. In order to prevent accidents and casualties without affecting the training requirements of Armed Forces new baffle ranges were approved.

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Defence Ministry constitutes Vinay Sheel Oberoi Committee to expedite capital acquisition

The Union Ministry of Defence (MoD) has constituted 13-member Raksha Mantri Advisory Committee on Ministry of Defence Capital Projects (RMCOMP).  It will be headed by former secretary Vinay Sheel Oberoi.

The committee will monitor and expedite capital acquisition projects for modernisation of armed forces and bolster armed forces preparedness.

Terms of reference of RMCOMP

It will undertake an independent review and check status of ongoing critical projects worth more than Rs. 500 crore. It will suggest measures to improve the capital acquisition process. It will identify specific issues and bottlenecks that are responsible for delays, and suggest the way forward.

It will also suggest any other issues related to project monitoring and appraisal that may be referred by MoD. The committee will have tenure until end of August 2018. It will have to present initial status report on identified projects to Defence Minister by 31 March 2018.

The report shall include, apart from current status of projects, issues, remedial measures and follow-up strategy. It will suggest modern management concepts that can be leveraged to reduce delays and also actionable measures to improve capital acquisition process/procedures.

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