In view of rising tensions with neighboring countries, the Parliamentary Standing Committee on Defense has recommended that the Defense Ministry should not reduce the budgetary allocation of the armed forces. In a report tabled in the Lok Sabha on Wednesday, a panel headed by BJP MP Jual Oram said that the current situation has led to escalation of tensions with some neighboring countries. Especially such a situation remains on the border. In such a situation, it is not appropriate to reduce the budget for defense preparedness. The Parliamentary Standing Committee on Defense said that in view of the current scenario of escalating tensions with some neighboring countries, adequate budgetary allocation should be made available to the armed forces.
There should not be any shortfall in the military budget – Parliamentary Committee
Noting the gap between the demand for the three defense services for capital outlay and budgetary allocation, the panel recommended that the Defense Ministry should not reduce the outlay in the coming few years. In a report tabled in the Lok Sabha on Wednesday, the committee said that the demand for 2022-23 was estimated at Rs 2,15,995 crore, but an allocation of Rs 1,52,369.61 crore was made. In this way, budget cuts can compromise the operational preparedness of the defense services.
Budget not conducive to defense preparedness- Parliamentary Committee
At the BE level in 2022-23, the gap between the estimated and allocated budgets for the Army, Navy and Airforce is Rs 14,729.11 crore, 20,031.97 crore and 28,471.05 crore respectively, which is significantly higher. The committee said that it is of the view that such a situation is not conducive for defense preparedness in the present scenario of increasing tension with our neighboring countries especially on our country’s borders. The Parliamentary Committee on Defense is headed by BJP MP Jual Oram. Congress MP Rahul Gandhi, NCP leader Sharad Pawar and 30 MPs are included in this committee.
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