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Budget 2019: Defence allocated Rs 3.18 trn, Rs 1 trn for new weapons

If allocation for pension is included, then the total outlay for defence stands at Rs 4.31 trillion which accounts for 15.47 per cent of the total central government expenditure for the year 2019-20

Press Trust of India  |  New Delhi 

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An allocation of Rs 3.18 trillion was made in the Union Budget to the defence sector for 2019-20 as against last year's Rs 2.98 trillion.

Out of the total allocation, Rs 1,08,248 crore has been set aside for capital outlay to purchase new weapons, platforms and military hardware.

The revenue expenditure which includes expenses on payment of salaries and maintenance of establishments has been pegged at Rs 2,10,682 crore as against Rs 1,88,118 crore for 2018-19.

The outlay for defence sector almost remained unchanged compared to what was allocated in the interim budget on February 1.

The allocation of Rs 3,18,931 represents a growth of 7.93 per cent over budget estimates of Rs 2.95 trillion and 6.87 per cent over revised estimates Rs 2.98 trillion respectively for 2018-19, according to Defence Minister Rajnath Singh's office.

The total outlay does not include Rs 1,12,079 crore set aside separately for payment of pensions.

If allocation for pension is included, then the total outlay for defence stands at Rs 4.31 trillion which accounts for 15.47 per cent of the total central government expenditure for the year 2019-20.

"The capital allocation of Ministry of Defence under BE (budget estimate) 2019-20 is 31.97 per cent of the total Central government capital expenditure, which is Rs 3,38,569.00 crore," Singh's office tweeted.

First Published: Fri, July 05 2019. 16:45 IST
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