New Delhi: Tatra trucks used by the Indian Army meet the quality requirements says the Indian government. In a written response to the parliament, Ministry of State for Defence MM Pallam Raju stated “Tatra Trucks being utilized in the Indian Army conforms to the requisite qualitative requirements. BEML has so far supplied around 6500 Tatra Trucks of various models amounting to Rs.3660 crores (approximately) to Ministry of Defence and other Defence Public Sector Undertakings.”
His response assumes significance as the Former Indian Army General VK Singh had called Tatra trucks as ‘Sub standard’ by not meeting the Indian Army qualitative requirement.
Defence Minister AK Antony had later clarified in the parliament that the trucks met previous GSQR’s and the evaluation for new GSQR is in the process. The trucks ordered after the formulation of new GSQR were to meet the immediate requirements and as per the plan based on reports after Kargil War. However, Gen VK Singh had contended that he was offered bribe to clear another lot of trucks and a case based on it is being investigated by the CBI.