For the past several years, the Indian Ministry of Defence has been getting far less than what it asks for but, ironically, it ends up underutilising allocations made at the beginning of the year. Photo Credit :johnpaulsimpson via Visualhunt.com / CC BY-ND Politics

Fast Tracking Defence Procurements

by Amit Cowshish  |  05-December-2016
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There is something quite inexplicable about management of capital budget allocated to the armed forces in India. As a result, despite spending more than rupees five lakh crore between 2002-03 and 2015-16, critical gaps in military capability persist. The focus is more on spending the money rather than the nature of outcomes, often without satisfactory results on either of the two counts. For the past several years, the Ministry of Defence (MoD) has been getting far less than what it asks for but, ironically, it ends up under utilising whatever allocations are made at the beginning of the year. This is amply highlighted in a report submitted by the Standing Committee on Defence as recently as on 03 May 2016.

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