New Delhi: As Army chief Gen Bikram Singh prepares to brief Prime Minister Manmohan Singh on the shortages faced by his force, BJP has decided to raise the issue in Parliament and demand answers from the government.

"We have come to know that Army chief Gen Bikram Singh is going to brief the prime minister on the shortage of arms and ammunition being faced by the army. I have given notice for moving a Calling Attention Motion to discuss the issue in the Rajya Sabha," BJP spokesperson Prakash Javadekar said.

"We would like to get answers from the government on the state of operational preparedness of our Armed Forces," he said.

Gen Bikram Singh is scheduled to make a presentation before the prime minister about the "hollowness" faced by the force and the steps needed to do away with them in the next few weeks.

The army is in the process of identifying all the areas where it is facing shortfalls and they will be added in the presentation before the PM.

The Directorate General of Military Operations has asked the Army Headquarters to coordinate with all the arms and services to prepare the list of all equipment and platforms which are short in inventory and would be required by the force to maintain its operational preparedness, sources said.

During the recent Commanders' Conference also, the army chief had said "hollowness" in the country's defence preparedness will be addressed by pushing for a new direction in modernisation.

"There was a need to address hollowness in defence preparedness and undertake modernisation with added vigour," he had said.


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