Budget 2019-20: Will the josh be high? Here’s what defence sector expects from Nirmala Sitharaman

Defence Sector saw a massive increase in allocation of funds in the interim budget in which more than Rs 3 lakh crores were kept aside. For the first time, country’s defence budget crossed Rs 3 lakh crore. Indian armed forces face major challenges with respect to threats from China and Pakistan. Defence experts are suggesting the government to increase spends for this sector which they say will go a long way in terms of national security.

There are many challenges in front of Indian armed forces

  • Funds are required to completely close defense deals like Rafale, Apache Helicopoter, Russian S-400 missile systems and others.
  • There are little resources available for modernisation of weaponry of the armed forces.
  • After implementation of One Rank One Pension (OROP) and 7th pay commission, about 70 per cent of the funds allocated for defence are spent on salary, manpower cost and pension of the personnel. Read More

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