हथियार लॉबी बढ़ा रही है एलओसी पर तनाव!

एल.ओ.सी पर हालिया सैन्य झड़पों को लेकर शुरू से ही संदेह और सवाल थे…आज ‘टाइम्स आफ इंडिया’ की एक रिपोर्ट से वे संदेह और सवाल और मजबूत हो रहे हैं. इस रिपोर्ट के मुताबिक, वित्त मंत्रालय ने कुछ सप्ताह पहले इस साल के रक्षा बजट में हथियारों की खरीद के लिए आवंटित 79579 करोड़ रुपये में 10000 करोड़ रुपये यानी कोई १२ फीसदी और राजस्व बजट में 5 से 10 फीसदी की कटौती का फैसला किया था जिससे सेना और रक्षा मंत्रालय खुश नहीं थे.


एल.ओ.सी पर हालिया सैन्य झड़पों के बाद एक बार फिर से रक्षा मंत्रालय ने वित्त मंत्रालय पर कटौती का फैसला वापस लेने का दबाव बनाना शुरू कर दिया है. सवाल यह है कि कहीं हालिया सैन्य झड़पों के पीछे वही लाबी तो सक्रिय नहीं है जिसके निहित स्वार्थ हथियारों के कारोबारियों से जुड़े हुए हैं?

MoD wants Centre to rethink budget cut

Ministry Has No Money For Fresh Defence Deals In This Financial Year


NewDelhi:It is still not clear if the recent stand-off along the LoC has contributed to the latest effort. Over the last few days, the ministry of defence (MoD) is believed to have started efforts to convince the government to ease up on the steep cut to be imposed on its budget.

The finance ministry had a few weeks ago told the MoD that it would be reducing the capital budget meant for new purchases by Rs 10,000 crore, while imposing a between 5 and 10% reduction in its revenue budget. The defence ministry’s capital budget for the year is Rs 79,579 crore. Faced with the unprecedented situation of not being able to clear a single major defence deal in the final quarter of the financial year, the MoD is now pressing the government to ease up on the steep Rs 10,000 crore cut imposed in its budget.

Usually the last quarter of the financial year witnesses a frenzy to clear many deals so that the budget allocation doesn’t lapse.

The proposed Rs 10,000 crore reduction amounts to over 12% of the total money available this year for making fresh purchases. This means that the MoD is left with just enough money for deals already approved by the cabinet committee on security (CCS), and also for other essential purchases.

The MoD brass had told the three services and other departments concerned not to push any new major deals now. The departments have been told to conclude contracts already approved by the CCS or the Defence Acquisition Council.

According to the present plans, the government is expected to approve only a couple of new and mostly smaller contracts. Among the new deals could be the purchase of Israeli unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) for the Army and mine counter-measure vessels for the Navy.

Sources said the MoD is making efforts to explain to the finance ministry about the severe adverse impact of the steep reduction in the capital budget. “We are now hoping that the finance ministry would ease up on its proposed cuts,” an official said.

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