The CAG added that substantial time was taken in defect investigation of accidents delaying remedial measures to beat the standard deficiencies.
A complete 584 accidents befell attributable to defect in high quality of arms and ammunition produced by Ordnance factories from 2014-15 to 2018-19, the Comptroller and Auditor Normal (CAG) flagged in a report tabled within the Parliament on Wednesday.
“The character of the defects noticed within the accidents indicated primarily the standard issues of varied elements, malfunctioning of ammunition and weapon damages,” stated the audit report on Ordnance Factories and Defence Public Sector Undertakings.
It stated that substantial time was taken in defect investigation of accidents delayed remedial measures to beat the standard deficiencies.
Noting that Ordnance factories had a system of multi-tiered high quality checks by factories’ high quality management part and high quality assurance institution connected with every manufacturing unit, it stated that recurrent return for rectification or rejections of supplies and elements objects on the high quality assurance stage and their causes point out insufficient and ineffective high quality management checks by the factories and management and surveillance checks by the standard assurance companies (SQAEs) in the course of the manufacturing course of.
High quality deficiencies within the supplies and elements objects in addition to lapses in high quality management checks in the long run product factories led to rejection of 11 finish merchandise valuing Rs 175 crore on the high quality assurance stage.
To enhance the state of affairs, the Defence Ministry adopted a coverage in April 2017 of outsourcing of non-core supplies and elements objects by finish product factories to enhance operational effectivity of expenditure.
Nonetheless, the implementation of the coverage was far behind the deliberate goal of 2018-19.
“Apart from, various gainful utilisation of the idle capability (manpower and equipment) of non-core objects was but to be achieved (January 2021) within the chosen supplies and elements Factories,” the CAG report stated.