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"Shortfall' in Defence allocation, says Parl panel

 Mar 13, 2018

Top Army officials have told a key Parliamentary panel that there has been a "shortfall" of around Rs 12, 296 crore and that the poor allocation of funds in Budget 2018-19 has "dashed  hopes" on defence procurement and other related works.

The issue could be now raised in the ongoing Budget session of Parliament by several opposition parties.

Sources said several opposition parties including the Congress, Trinamool Congress, Left and even Biju Janata Dal would take up the issue of shortage of funds - as claimed by the Army and highlighted in the Standing Committee report tabled in both Houses of Parliament on Tuesday.

"We will raise the issue as government owes an answer as to why Army officials are not happy with the Budget allocation," a Congress member told UNI on the condition of anonymity.

According to a report of the Parliamentary Standing Committee on Defence headed by BJP lawmaker and also a defence personnel - Maj Gen B C Khanduri, the Vice Chief of Army Staff Lt Gen Sarath Chand has told the panel that: "The Budget of 2018-19 has dashed our hopes and most of what has been achieved (in defence procurement) has actually received a "little setback" (UNI)

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