Defence ministry still waiting for nod to Plan outlay
In April 2012, the DAC, at a meeting chaired by defence minister AK Antony, gave its nod for the 15-year Long-Term Integrated Perspective Plan (LTIPP) that will end in 2027 and the five-year plan that will end in 2017, a defence ministry official said.
"The DAC considered the perspective plans of the defence forces at a meeting and gave in-principle approval to two important planning documents of the armed forces -- The LTIPP 2012-27 and Five-Year Defence Plan 2012-17," the official said.
According to officials in the ministry, the five-year plans are usually approved a year ahead of the Plan period. But in this case, the approval came a day after the Plan period had begun.
Explaining the procedure of clearance, officials told FE: "The country's defence planning falls under the purview of the National Security Council, headed by the Prime Minister, and members of the Cabinet Committee on Security (CCS) are there too. The defence plans, be it the Five-Year Plan or the long-term plan, have to go through the finance ministry before it goes to the CCS."
They added: "These plans need the finance ministry approval as then only can they chalk out their procurement plans, as they get an idea what is the expected growth of GDP, what kind of funds the government would
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