Indian MoD returns to underspending trend
By Jon Grevatt
After a rare overspend in Fiscal Year 2010-11, the Indian Ministry of Defence (MoD) returned to a trend of underspending in its military procurement budget in FY11-12.
In FY11-12 the MoD failed to use INR30.55 billion (USD606 million) of procurement funds, FY12-13 budgetary documents reveal. The amount represents 4.4 per cent of the total procurement expenditure of INR691.98 billion, which was subsequently revised to INR661.43 billion.
The FY12-13 defence budget - which was announced by the Indian government on 16 March - stands at INR1.93 billion, with procurement allocated INR795.8 billion.
The budgetary data relating to FY11-12 show an erratic spending pattern with considerable underspending in some areas while others have overspent, with the former higher than the latter.119 of 375 words
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