The Indian armed forces have told the Parliamentary panel that the Defence Budget for the current fiscal year is insufficient to meet the modernisation plans, more with hostile and assertive neighbours like Pakistan and China.
The Parliament Standing Committee in its report, which was tabled in the Lok Sabha on Tuesday, said that the Indian Army, Air Force and Navy are reeling under severe fund crunch even to buy new weapon systems required to fight a 10-day intense war, or pay for liabilities and recurring expenditures. The Army alone has a shortfall of Rs 42,512.14 crore.
Vice Chief of Army Lt. Gen told the parliamentary panel that 68 per cent of the Army’s equipment is in the ‘vintage category’.
Funds allocated to the Military is insufficient and the Army is finding it difficult to even stock arms, ammunition, spares for a 10-day intensive war. All the three services are expected to be prepared for at least 10 days of intense battle.
At this time when we have a threat of two front war with our Bad Neighbours Pakistan and China. This issue should be taken seriously and Government should give appropriate funds to the army which are needed for the protection of this country in case of long Intense or all out war.