New Delhi, March 14 (PTI) As many as 156 servicemen and three IAF personnel have been killed in terror attacks as well as counter-terrorism operations over the past five years, according to details provided by the Ministry of Defense at Rajya Sabha on Monday.
Responding to a question, Minister of State for Defence, Ajay Bhatt, said the army death toll in terrorist attacks/counter-terrorism operations in 2017 was 40 and increased to 47 in 2018 .
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The number was 27 in 2019, 23 in 2020 and it was 19 in 2021, according to data provided by him. There have been no fatal or non-fatal casualties in 2022 so far.
Bhatt said all three members of the Indian Air Force were killed in 2017 while two of his members were injured in 2022.
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According to Bhatt’s written response, the number of military personnel injured in terrorist attacks/counter-terrorism operations over the past five years was 323.
“No navy personnel suffered casualties during this period,” he said.
Bhatt also said that an amount of Rs 7.14 crore was provided to the families of deceased army personnel as part of financial support, while a total of Rs 3.49 crore was provided. given to injured personnel.
The Minister also provided details of compensation and support given to the next of kin of the three deceased IAF members.
To a separate question on support for the national defense industry, he said the government had granted Acceptance of Need (approval in principle) to 150 proposals worth approximately Rs 2,47,515 crore at over the past three years, in line with its priority of boosting domestic manufacturing.
“Furthermore, in the past three years, i.e. 2018-19 to 2020-21 and the current year to January 2022, out of a total of 191 procurement contracts fixed assets signed, 121 were signed with Indian suppliers,” Bhatt said.
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