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Defence

GOVERNMENT OF INDIA
MINISTRY OF DEFENCE
DEPARTMENT OF DEFENCE
RAJYA SABHA
UNSTARRED QUESTION NO.24
TO BE ANSWERED ON 18th November, 2019

THEFT ON-BOARD INS VIKRANT

24. SHRI AMAR PATNAIK:
Will the Minister of DEFENCE be pleased to state:
(a) whether it is fact that theft of crucial material took place from systems on-board INS Vikrant, being built by Cochin Shipyard Limited (CSL) in Kochi;
(b) if so, whether investigations into the incident have been concluded and the details thereof; and
(c) the details of measures undertaken by Government to prevent incidents of such nature in future?

ANSWER
MINISTER OF DEFENCE
SHRI RAJNATH SINGH

(a) to (c): On 16.9.2019, M/s Cochin Shipyard has reported theft of certain commercially off the shelf (COTS) hardware items from Multi Function Consoles (MFCs) of Integrated Platform Management System onboard Indigenous Aircraft Carrier (IAC).
The investigations by the Kerala Police and National Investigation Agency have been instituted.
The Central Industrial Security Force (CISF) is responsible for the security of Cochin Shipbuilding Ltd. (CSL). To compliment CISF, CSL has also engaged additional manpower for the security of the yard as well as the aircraft carrier.
Security has already been enhanced at sensitive points in the yard as per the recommendations of Kerala Police and other Central Security Agencies.
Besides, videography of both gangways to the ship, operationalization of CCTVs, Biometric access control, locking of sensitive compartments etc. have been taken up. All security arrangements within the yard are periodically reviewed and implemented in consultation with CISF/Intelligence Bureau.

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