Chidambaram justifies India’s defence expenditure
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  • Union Home Minister P. Chidambaram justified India’s defence allocation of Rs. 1,47,344 crore for 2010-11 as "absolutely necessary and inevitable." He stated that had "neighbouring countries been stable, peaceful and were oriented in a friendly manner towards India, our allocation of such a big fund for defence in the budget would not have arisen." The Minister added that the government was expecting to spend Rs. 40,000 crore in the current fiscal year to meet the requirements of the paramilitary and police forces.1