- Mar 25, 2016
So let's reduce or even cancel the pensions? I am sorry but this is an moronic thought process. A soldiers gives away his best years in the military. No govt should moan paying pension to its soldiers. All this talk of pension being unproductive etc etc is bad.Union budget allocation for defence pensions is Rs. 1.33 lakh crore (almost $15 billion). This is bigger than Pakistan's entire defence budget. In 2015 the defence pensions were 54k crore. But after OROP it has almost trebled in 5 years. It is unsustainable and many former army officers have agreed with this too. (One such article ). Imagine how much it will increase as years go by. We are sitting on a time bomb.
If taxpayer money is put to good use then we will have modern military. Historically Indian Navy has received less funding among the three and this has forced it to embrace indigenous products. Same way budget constraints have forced entire paki military to get more bang for buck. You can check pakistan ordnance factory website. They have only one plant but make a lot of products (even MP5 on license). Few years ago Indian Army vice chief had said this publically (Link).
DRDO, OFB, PSU & now OROP are hurdles for defence modernization.