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The covid-induced revenue crunch and Chinese belligerence make the exercise of Defence budget all the more complex, as the government faces the twin imperatives of operational readiness and capability building. Comment.

Topic:  Government Budgeting;

4. The covid-induced revenue crunch and Chinese belligerence make the exercise of Defence budget all the more complex, as the government faces the twin imperatives of operational readiness and capability building. Comment. (250 words)

Reference: Live Mint

Why the question:

As we move closer to the Union budget, the central government faces a dilemma in what is already a tricky situation of defence allocation. This time with Chinese aggression on our borders and a considerable revenue crunch.

Key Demand of the question:

Directive:

Comment– here we have to express our knowledge and understanding of the issue and form an overall opinion thereupon.

Structure of the answer:

Introduction:

Start by giving the context of India needing to boost its defence capabilities in the face of Chinese threat and the revenue shortage the government is facing.

Body:

Present a picture of budgetary allocation to defence and explain it in brief. Bring out the nuances and intricacies the government has faced over the years in defence allocation. State relevant facts and figures to substantiate your point.

Highlight the need to equip India’s forces, especially the Army and Air Force on the eastern front through fast-track procurements on priority. Accelerate capability development, intensify research and development efforts in areas like artificial intelligence (AI), robotics, quantum computing and cyber-warfare etc.

Suggest measures to overcome this dilemma

Conclusion:

Conclude with a balanced way forward in order to secure of defence need and balance our fiscal situation.

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