The Budget for 2016-17 is around the corner and all eyes are now on Finance Minister Arun Jaitley. Should the government spend more, or keep its wallet shut? The global economy wades through crashing commodity prices and unsure policy moves and shaky investors. In the midst of this India has to decide which course to take, to ensure jobs to millions of youth joining the workforce every year. We at Catch bring you a series with a focus on all sections of the population and their requirements from Mr Jaitley's Budget.
The debate rages on about who should decide upon defence reforms in India - should it be a political decision, or should it be the prerogative of the military?
The question has come up repeatedly in the recent past, when it comes to urgent procurement needs, One Rank One Pension, the emphasis on indigenous production, the inefficiency of the Defence Research and Development Organisation and low funds, among other things. The forthcoming Union Budget 2016 may answer many of these questions.
In our latest #NotesForMrJaitley, we take up the defence sector and find that the under-utilisation of funds and unplanned expenditure are the biggest concerns.
It's certain that in the upcoming budget, the biggest challenge for the government will be to improve coordination and rationalise expenditure.
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