D for Defense, A for Allegations, but what about National Security?The opposition is trying to corner the government on Rafale deal, before this, during the tenure of UPA, the VVIP Chopper scam took place, there was Tatra tucks scam, Scorpene-class submarine deals, Coffin scam, Barak Missile scam, Bofors scam, which was one of the key reasons for the loss of the Congress government in 1989 elections.The politicians are so much concerned about own monetary gains that they put the national security in jeopardy. Let's go into little more details about the defense budget allocation scenario.
The defense expenditure in our country is increasing every year and in one of the reports, it is found that in terms of Defense budget India is among the top 5 nations in the world. After the budget, the army said 68% of its equipments are outdated in terms of technology and the present allocation in defense budget will put a brake on more than 20 ongoing projects. This is really a cause of concern for national security. The government allocated a little more than half the amount the military asked for. Are they not aware of the ongoing projects? May be they have thought it in other way. In all of the scams and allegations of dubious deals, the particular project is stalled for sometime, due to which the cost of each project escalates. It seems the government increases the allotment keeping in mind about the new deals and pays scant regard to the military demand. The National Security Strategy is revised periodically, keeping in mind every aspects. If it is really done in the right way, why the mismatch? Do we have the answer?