Published on February 6, 2014
MATERIAL MANAGEMENT IN ARMED FORCES
Lecture By Air Cmde Ashok Kumar, VSM
Army fighting efficiency of over one million manpower.
Hence, the Army needs a variety of material. It falls into foodstuff, armament, uniforms, vehicles and so on.
Thus materials in the category of : 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. Food/Rations Clothing Medicine Vehicles, tanks, guns Spares and many more
There are specialists earmarked for handling different types of materials.
Material 1. Rations POL 2. Clothing ammunition explosives 3. Medical equipment and medicine Managed by ASC AOC AMC
Construction material by MES
Special procurements 1. For high attitude 2. For peace keeping contingents
OUTSOURCING 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. Transportation Air transport Cleaning Event management Accommodation Maintenance of vehicles and equipment.
Their responsibility : • • • • • • Procurement Stocking Issue Inspection Accounting Conditioning or condemnation
Elaborate procedure for procurement
Well formulated local purchase system
Anticipate the requirement 1. 2. 3. 4. Quantity Quality Date and time Location (where needed)
LEGAL ISSUES 1. Transparency 2. Fairness 3. Equality
Application of mind
RULES OF NATURAL JUSTICE 1. No one to be punished unheard. 2. You cannot be a judge in your own case.
What does it mean?
A supply order, once issued, cannot be cancelled without giving reasons (application of mind).
If a vendor has to be blacklisted, then a show cause notice needs to be first issued and reasonable opportunity for him to be heard.
An officer cannot place an order on a supplier/firm to which he is personally connected.
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