EDITORIAL

Defence Budget allocation insufficient for warfare, needs 1000% enhancement

Written by IWP

At a time when China has exponentially increased its military expenditure on eastern border, while USA is funding Pakistan through back doors to upgrade its military Logistics, the Indian Army need to be modernised its Warfare better resources than China and Pakistan. Chief of Army Staff praises China’s War preparedness, he ought to have appraised Prime Minister through lady defence Minister before addressing the national media.

While the Vice Chief of Army Staff, Lt Gen Sarath Chand has made true move, has made mention before Parliament Committee that Defence Budget has suffered a setback because of inadequate money allocated in Defence Budget 2018-19. True the BJP claims nationalism first, rest is next, but the nation first hand’s Defence needs are deliberately ignored by the BJP lead RSS controlled navigated and Pilotted Union Budget. Let BJP prove its true colour of nationalism now?

It is believed by the nation that Lt Gen Sarath Chand has told the Parliamentary Panel on Defence that the budget is insufficient and that may bring an end to several Make in India. Let make in India take second place, and meeting urgent needs of Defence preparedness take first priority in first place. Allocation of Rs 21,388 crore for modernisation is insufficient even to cater for committed payments of Rs 29.033 crore for 125 ongoing schemes, emergency procurement process and other requirements.

The Budget 2018-19 has dashed India’s hopes and most of what has been achieved by now has actually received a little setback that is most unfortunate. BJP needs to demonstrate its true colour of commitment to our mother India.

It is also believed that Lt Gen Chand rightly raised several other budget-related concerns like the prospect of Future Ready Combat Vehicles and upgradation of existing equipment and that India have no choice but to leave out some priority acquisition cases that needs an immediate review. While 63% of Army budget goes in to paying salaries, 14% for modernization, which makes us demoralise our Combataents in warfare. India need 50% of Army Budget for modernization by giving Separate Budget provisions to the Defence, and that while 68 per cent of Army’s equipment is vintage, only eight per cent is state-of-the-art, what a detoriarated Combatency by India.

It is true that in the most-recent defence budget, a sum of Rs 2.95 lakh crore – a hike of 7.81 per cent since last year’s budget – has been outlayed which is approximately 1.58 per cent of the country’s GDP, which can not be tolerated by the commoner. This, however, is the lowest share in terms of percentage vis-a-vis India’s GDP since 1962. Subsequent war against China that year had then led to a hike in the 1963 Union Budget, but later Budgets made India helpless on Line of Control.

Interestingly, our Army sounded the alarm bells unfortunately, on the same day that Army Chief Bipin Rawat acknowledged the military might of China. It is wrong on his part to say Chinese have finally arrived that demoralised Indian Armed Forces, Let chief take all precautions for the nation while addressing the national media.

His saying that “I can say that and that they did not forget that military power should rise simultaneously with economy, while lauding China’s efforts to boost military expenditure” the nation demands an apology by Army Chief General Rawat and the Union Government should leave no stone un-turned to see that Indis’s war preparedness is better than China, Pakistan and Sri Lanka.

Let there been no compromise on India’s Defence needs and logistics. Nation demands a separate Budget forecast, and budgetary allocation by the Defence Ministry, instead of depending upon the immature IAS officers working in the Finance

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