Requirement for special uniforms for safety of soldiers deployed on borders / field areas in the country is assessed regularly and provision for introduction of new items / improved version of existing items is made as per prescribed procedure.
The Government undertakes procurement of Bullet Proof Jackets (BPJs) and other necessary protective gears / garments for soldiers from time to time as per authorization. During 2016-17, 50,000 BPJs have been procured for Indian Army through Revenue route. Procurement of 1,86,138 BPJs through Capital route is under Buy (Indian) category. Further, a contract for procurement of 1,58,279 Ballistic Helmet through Capital route has been concluded in December 2016.
Upgradation and provision of improved version of special uniforms is a continuous process for which necessary steps are taken regularly.
This information was given by Raksha Rajya Mantri Dr. Subhash Bhamre in a written reply to Shri Surendra Singh Nagar in Rajya Sabha