Paramilitary facing shortage of 85,000 bulletproof jackets

New Delhi, July 27 : The government on Tuesday said central paramilitary forces were facing a shortage of more than 85,000 bullet proof jackets.

The Central Reserve Police Force needed the highest number of jackets -- 40,069-- followed by Border Security Force which was short of 15,467 jackets, Minister of State for Home Affairs M Ramachandran told Lok Sabha in a written reply on Tuesday.

He put the force-wise shortage of bullet proof jackets as Assam Rifles (6,237), Central Industrial Security Force (11,861), Indo-Tibetan Border Police (8,216), National Security Guard (1,725) and Sashastra Seema Bal (2,645)

The total shortage of the life saving jackets is 86,220.

He also said that orders have already been placed for procuring 59,000 bullet proof jackets.

"Acceptance of tender of 59,000 bullet proof jackets has been placed on April 27, 2010. Delivery of the stores is scheduled to be completed by the end of this year, ie 2010," Ramachandran said.