New Delhi: The government on Monday said that no defence land, including one which is currently lying vacant, can be declared surplus keeping in view both the present and future requirements of the Services.
In reply to a written question in the Lok Sabha, defence minister A.K. Antony said, “Keeping in view both present and future requirements of the Services, no defence land which is presently vacant, can be declared surplus.”
He said the requirement of defence land is gradually increasing and hence cannot be frozen at any point of time.
In reply to another question on surrender of funds allocated for defence procurement, Antony said during the last financial year, an amount of Rs2,063.84 crore was proposed to be reduced by the ministry of defence at the revised estimate stage from the allocation under the capital head from which bulk of the capital procurement is funded.
“However, Ministry of Finance reduced the allocation by Rs 7,007 crores,” Antony said.
The minister said the primary reason of reduction in allocation for defence procurement at the revised estimates stage was “non-fructification of certain schemes and slippage in delivery schedule of already contracted schemes/projects”.
He said in order to expedite and plan an even expenditure pattern during the financial year, the defence procurement procedure has been revised and updated to ensure and optimise even utilisation of allocation during the financial year.