‘Highest priority’ will be accorded to ‘sufficiently’ equip our forces : Rajnath Singh


Highlights
  • Rajnath Singh said the NDA government had ensured the defence ministry fully utilised allocated budgets over the last three years
  • The minister said the defence budget in “absolute terms” had increased over the years

The government will take all precautions to ensure the country’s military preparedness is not compromised in any way because of lack of funds or other factors, and attached the “highest priority” to “sufficiently” equip the armed forces to meet any operational requirement, defence minister Rajnath Singh said on Monday.

Replying to questions on “under-utilisation of defence budgets” in Rajya Sabha, Singh said the NDA government had ensured the defence ministry fully utilised allocated budgets over the last three years. “We have utilised more than 100% of what was allocated. There are no procedural delays in purchase of weapons, and substantial financial powers have been delegated to the three Service headquarters,” he added.

The minister said the defence budget in “absolute terms” had increased over the years, with one-third (32.19%) of the Union government’s total capital expenditure now being spent on defence, which was the highest among all central ministries. Read More

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