New Delhi, Jul 3: Congress member and former Union Minister Manish Tewari on Wednesday urged Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman to do away with perceived discrepancy on the defence budget.
"Various committees of the House and also the Estimates Committee have pointed out at the discrepancy in fund allocation for Defence. Finance Minister Ms Sitharaman was also Defence Minister and therefore I urge to take corrective steps in the Budget," Mr Tewari said in the Lok Sabha during Zero Hour.
He said the Defence budget as a percentage of GDP, which used to be above 1.8 per cent till some years back and now com down to 1.52. Similarly, he said the capital expenditure on defence which stood at 45.3 percent also came down to 31.28 per cent under this government.
Mr Tewari maintained these issues were highlighted by the Estimates Committee of the Lok Sabha in the 16th Lok Sabha during the chairmanship of M M Joshi.
At one point, Speaker Om Birla said - "It (defence funding) is a large issue, you can speak on it during Budget debate". (UNI)