Defence bud­get

Hindustan Times (Gurgaon) - - Metro -

“We have spent nearly ~1.42 lakh crore out of to­tal 1.72 lakh crore of the rev­enue bud­get, which con­tin­ues to rise on ac­count of OROP (One Rank One Pen­sion). We have spent 78,000 crore our of 86,000 crore of the cap­i­tal out­lay with the Air Force uti­liz­ing its en­tire ac­qui­si­tion bud­get. The cap­i­tal out­lay was en­tirely uti­lized in 2016-17,” said one of the of­fi­cials.

Al­though the In­dian Navy has sought an in­crease cap­i­tal out­lay to in­crease the num­ber of its war­ships to 200 and a new air­craft car­rier which will cost nearly Rs one lakh crore with­out the air­craft, the defence min­istry is re­al­is­tic enough to un­der­stand that the Naren­dra Modi govern­ment will not spend more than 29-30% of the govern­ment’s to­tal cap­i­tal out­lay for ac­qui­si­tion, the of­fi­cials said.

How­ever, the main fo­cus of the defence bud­get spend­ing is ex­pected to be along the 3,488 kilo­me­ter Line of Ac­tual Con­trol (LAC) with China as the western bor­der has enough ca­pa­bil­ity to de­ter any threat from Pak­istan. Be­sides, cap­i­tal will be spent to up­grade the mil­i­tary capacities in An­daman Ni­co­bar Is­lands given that the ter­ri­to­ries sit on the crit­i­cal sea lane of com­mu­ni­ca­tion pass­ing through Malacca Straits into South China Sea.

“The rea­son for fo­cus­ing on northern bor­ders is not so dif­fi­cult to un­der­stand as the Chi­nese PLA’s speed of de­ploy­ment dur­ing Dok­lam stand-off was far be­yond the ex­pec­ta­tions of In­dian mil­i­tary plan­ners,” a sec­ond of­fi­cial added.

MAIN FO­CUS OF THE BUD­GET SPEND­ING IS EX­PECTED TO BE ALONG THE LAC WITH CHINA

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