Editorial Simplified : 30th June

Editorial Simplified : 30th Day of June 2016

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The Hindu

Editorial : Explosive trail mail

Context

The editorial examines a recent incident of a deadly fire at Central Ammunition Depot(CAD) in Pulgaon.

Important points

  • TNT (trinitrotoluene) leakage setting off anti tank mines was officially sighted as the reason for the fire which killed 19 people.
  •  Inquiry has highlighted the following problems:
    • Neglect at various levels in the system.
    • Inordinate number of stakeholders in the line up.
    • Lack of accountability and defective manufacturing process.
  • The anti-tank mines involved were already declared defective in 2010 but the CAD was awaiting instructions on their repair or destruction.
  • Stakeholders involved were: The Armament Research and Development Establishment(ARDE), High Energy Material Research Laboratory (HEMRL), the Ordinance factory and Defence Ministry.
  • The multiplicity of decision makers led to delay in decision.
  • Comptroller and Auditor General had also flagged the mines defective.

Analysis

  • The entire episode has raised grave issues.
  • Defective mines should have not been supplied and should have been shunted out previously by Controllerate of Quality Assurance.
  • Conflicting interests and controls of various stakeholders essentially led to the disaster.
  • Lack of standards in defence manufacturing at a time when the country is keen on defence exports can be severely hurtful to the reputation of defence equipment.
  • The time is right to kick start cure of systemic deficiencies and misalignments.

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