New Delhi, Sep 11 : The Indian Army is planning to cut around 1.5 lakh jobs over the next four to five years so as to divert the funds to be used to purchase modern weapons for fulfilling Narendra Modi’s idea of ‘lean and mean’ force.belying expectations of a significant hike .when the armed forces are facing growing challenge on the borders with both Pakistan and China.
As per media reports, job cuts will help the army in saving around Rs 7,000 crore which will be used to buy weapons.
Indian Army reviewed wide-ranging issues including cutting the personnel strength of the 1.2-million strong Indian Army force and merger of different verticals to optimise its functioning as per the order on Jun21,According to a report in the Hindustan Times, the reduction in the work-force will be done by revamping the verticals.
On September 1, the Ministry of Defence (MoD) approved the acquisition of 6.5 lakh assault rifles, under the “Make in India” program. The Indian Army issued a Request for Information (RFI) for the purchase of 7.62×39 square mm calibre assault rifles. The new rifles should have an effective range of 300 metres. as reported
Merging of some verticals and rationalising roles are likely to result in cutting 50,000 troops over the next two years. A reduction of 100,000 more personnel may be possible by 2022-23.
The Indian Army has been facing severe fund crunch. In June, there was a report that said that the army had placed an order for only 250,000 modern assault rifles despite its total requirement of 800,000 rifles.
According to the Bloomberg report, only a third of its total requirement was to be placed to speed up deliveries of rifles.
“Plans to buy new equipment from overseas, however, have been held back by bureaucratic delays and the military’s desire to balance the needs of its troops against efforts to build equipment domestically under Modi’s ‘Make in India’ program, a key plank in his drive to boost local manufacturing,” the report had said.
In March, Union Finance Minister Arun Jaitley presented the Union Budget an the defence budget was increased by a mere 7.81% to Rs2.95 trillion against last year’s Rs2.74 trillion,.
Out of total allocation of Rs295,511 crore for defence budget, only Rs99,947 crore has been set aside for capital outlay to purchase of new weapons, aircraft, warships and other military hardware. The allocation has been estimated at around 1.58% of the GDP and 12.10% of the total budget of Rs2,442,213 crore for 2018-19.
Army Vice Chief Lt General Sarath Chand had said that the budget allocation for 2018-19 “dashed the hopes” of the Army. He had also said that the marginal increase was barely enough to meet inflation as 68% of the force’s equipment falls in the “vintage category”.
Allocation of Rs. 21,338 crore for modernisation is insufficient even to cater for committed payment of Rs. 29,033 crore for 125 on-going schemes and emergency procurements,” said Lt General Chand in his deposition to the parliamentary panel.