New Delhi: Amid the controversy over the Tatra truck deals that raised several question marks on the defence preparedness of the country, Defence Minister A K Antony has summoned the chiefs of state-owned defence companies asking them to ensure transparency in their dealings with the armed forces.

“There will be no compromise on transparency in the defence dealings as this is the question of national security,” said Antony during a review meeting with the PSUs dealing with defence including BEML following several CBI inquiries in the Tartra truck row.

BEML chief V R S Natarajan was also present in the meeting along with his counterparts from Hindustan Aeronautics Ltd, Bharat Electronics Ltd, Bharat Dynamics Ltd and four defence shipyards GRSE, MDL, GSL and HSL.

Army Chief Gen V K Singh had levelled allegations that he was offered a bribe of Rs 14 crore by a defence lobbyist to clear a proposal for sale of these trucks.

In the backdrop of several sparkling revelations by Army Chief General V K Singh recently, the Ministry of Defence is taking several steps to tighten the noose around the public sector units engaged with the defence deals.

In a bid to lessen the gap between the demand and supply of the ammunitions and other defence equipments, the ministry is going to hold a meeting with Ordnance Factory Board on April 16 in which its performance will be reviewed.  Apart from this, a review meeting has also been called on April 17 for assessing the Army's acquisition process.

Importantly, senior commanders of the Army are also going to meet in the national capital from April 16 to monitor the defence preparedness. This will be for the first time when the senior level Army officers will hold a joint meet after the leak of the letter of Army Chief General VK Singh to the Prime Minister.