Defence preparedness

Govt will have to find more resources


Illustration: Binay Sinha

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One of the expenditure heads in the Interim Budget that was keenly anticipated was the spending on defence. In the Budget, allocations to the defence ministry are divided into four heads: The civil expenditure of the ministry (which is negligible); revenue expenditure on defence services; the capital outlay; and pensions. Total expenditure on defence services (excluding Ministry of Defence civil expenditure) is around Rs 4.55 trillion, of which about 38 per cent, or Rs 1.72 trillion, has been put aside for capex. 
When the Rs 1.41 trillion to be spent on pensions is added to the mix, total expenditure goes up

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First Published: Feb 04 2024 | 10:31 PM IST

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