Defence ministry seeks 25% hike in budget

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  1. abhi_the _gr8_maratha

    abhi_the _gr8_maratha Senior Member Senior Member

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    Defence News - Armed Forces seek 25% hike in Defence Budget
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    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.
     
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  3. Kunal Biswas

    Kunal Biswas Member of the Year 2011 Moderator

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    Some of the key words pointed here, Infrastructure is a very important one all along the LAC as well as LOC so does key infrastructures along sea shores, I hope they proceed with full forces towards National Defense Product and Up-gradation ..

    More importantly make things which will raise Patriotism and moral of the troopers ..

     
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    I am fine with increasing defence budget, but it should not be on a status-quo basis, with high imports, etc. A solid defence manufacturing base needs to be established and money needs to be pumped into that manufacturing base, which will lead to jobs and employment generation in India.

    Kunal's suggestions on Infrastructure improvement are also welcome in the context of the budget increase.
     
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    Considering the geo political situation around the country and increased modernization needs of the armed forces, 3.0 % of GDP should be allocated for the defense forces...
     
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    News reports are now indicating that Arun Jaitely might be given charge of both Defence and Finance ministries, i'd say this is an unorthodox move to try and bring more synergy between the treasury and the needs of the forces as chanakya says" The king who does not have the complete faith and respect of his commander in chief might fail in most of his battles but the king who does not have the faith and respect of his treasurers is destined to fail at every turn".
    That said i think Gen VK Singh will be the Mos Defence and actually run defence while Mr Jaitely will help build more of a positive relations between defence and finance.Of Course NAMO'S big stick on both of them should help as well:p
     
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    More imp is to fast track pending deals and streamline procurement process
     
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    Exactly what i think this combination of ministeries is designed to do, for the last 10 yrs the principal secretaries of the finance and defence ministeries did not see eye to eye or coordinate becaue they reported to differnet bosses with differing agendas, no however all 8 of them will report to a common boss with one agenda and one KRA, this should make things much faster.
    I think putting the fianancial and territorial security in the hands of one man is a political masterstroke thast will force mandarins on both sides to cooperate and find synergies in their working, for example now no finance ministry babu can sit on a deefnce ministry file because his boss is no longer concerned only with finance, Shri Arun Jaitley can now summon such babus and take them to task while making sure that the funds already with defence are utilized judiciously. I think this has the potential to revolutionaize defence procurement and funding if Shri Jaitley can control both sides well.
     
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  9. vram

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    I am of the firm belief that this is the right time to train our para military and police forces to the level of European or Americn standard. Building fancy missiles and tanks can come later...the biggest threat that India faces today is irregular and lateral warfare in the form of terrorism and economic damage. We should gear up for this..
     
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  10. bose

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    Rightly so... for that too GOI have to allocate and arrange finances... present allocation of ~ 2.25 % GDP is in adequate...

    Country needs Missiles and Tanks too... absolute essential and those can not wait...

    We need better intelligence sharing among the security agencies and with proper training and co ordination those can be taken care off...

    Most of the problems are the creation of the politicians...
     
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    Navy and AF needs machines asap.
     

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