CDS should protest out loud, our voice will join him: Chidambaram on the reduced allocation of the defense budget

NEW DELHI: Main leader of the Congress P Chidambaram On Saturday he said that the head of the United States should strongly protest against reducing the budget allocation for the defense sector and that the party will support his support. In a marginal increase, the defense budget increased to Rs 3.37 lakh crore for 2020-21 compared to Rs 3.18 lakh crore last year, despite expectations of a significantly higher allocation to accelerate military modernization.

It is for the new secretary, the military affairs department and the chief of defense personnel to protest out loud, I want him to protest out loud. We hope you do, the former finance minister said when asked about the issue.

He is the Chief of the Defense Staff and the Secretary of the Department of Military Affairs. Therefore, I want him to protest out loud and I assure him that our voice will join him and protest out loud, but he must lead the protest, he added. .

The allocation compared to last year's budget estimate of Rs 3.18 lakh crore is an increase of 5.63 percent, but reaches around 1.8 percent if calculated against the revised estimate of 3.31 lakh crore for 2019-20.

Live plus Of the total allocation, Rs 1.13 lakh crore has been reserved for capital outlay to buy new weapons, airplanes, warships and other military equipment, according to the Union Budget presented in Parliament by the finance minister.