read full news here---------> . Defence News - Armed Forces seek 25% hike in Defence Budget . The defence ministry has sought an almost 25% hike in its budget, pointing to "operational gaps" in manpower, machines and infrastructure, in the action plan prepared for the Narendra Modi government. The defence establishment has also urged the new political dispensation to take a call on a wide range of issues, ranging from recommendations of the Naresh Chandra task force on higher defence reforms to the creation of three new tri-Service commands for space, cyber and special forces. The action plan's underlying message, however, is that existing funds are proving grossly inadequate to ensure the country's war machinery is kept fighting fit. Leave alone the dwindling capital budget for new acquisitions, the defence establishment is "running quite short" of even revenue expenditure to "properly maintain" existing or new weapon systems with sufficient spares. The defence outlay was pegged at Rs 224,000 crore in the 2014-2015 interim budget, with the Rs 134,412 crore revenue expenditure far outstripping the capital one for new weapons, sensors and platforms at Rs 89,588 crore.