A.K Antony just passing time, says defence expert Bharat Verma
Defence Expert Bharat Verma on Sunday said that naval accidents that were happening due to defects in equipment manufacturing and that Defence Minister A.K Antony was just passing his time and doing nothing about the issue.
"The accidents that are happening are due to defects in equipment manufacturing. The sub standards equipments, which are supplied and made, are also corrupted, and they have not tried to improve it," said Verma.
"The result is that we are losing good officers. Anger is coming in naval officers as they feel that we are saving our country and our country is doing this to us. A.K Antony is just passing his time," he said.
"Even in air force, navy and army officers want to know how they will be able to defend this country with such equipments. Soldiers are held accountable if they lose small land, but is the defence minister not accountable for anything? Over 49 pc FDI should be increased and factories should be established here so that we can get good standard products and equipments," he added.
A civilian worker was killed and two were injured in an accident at the under-construction nuclear submarine at the shipbuilding centre of Eastern Naval Command (ENC) in Visakhapatnam on Saturday evening.
The incident took place when the pressure of the hydraulic tank of the Arihant class submarine was being tested and the tank's lid fell on the workers of at Building-5 of the shipbuilding center.
On Friday a Navy officer was killed in an accident on the yet to be commissioned Kolkata class destroyer that is currently undergoing trials in Mumbai after a malfunction in its fire fighting system.
The Indian Navy has been hit by a series of crippling accidents recently. Two weeks ago, two officers were killed in a fire aboard a Navy submarine INS Sindhuratna, which had been refitted and was being sea tested.
(Posted on 09-03-2014)