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Cost Of Peace

The Indian Government spends Rs 6 crore a day in Kashmir

Cost Of Peace
Cost Of Peace
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THERE is no definite figure but informed guesstimates put the money spent by the Indian Army  and paramilitary forces in Kashmir, including Siachen, at Rs 6 crore a day. That is Rs 2,190 crore a year, or about 6 per cent of the Rs 35,260 crore allocated for defence in the current budget. The real financial cost to the country, however, cannot easily be computed since both India and Pakistan have spent considerably on their defence because of the 'no war, no peace' situation which prevails along the borders.

The 13-year battle on the Siachen glacier costs the Army about Rs 1 crore a day. The cost of airlifting troops and sophisticated artillery to the glacier as well as providing supplies is no mean affair. And everytime the Bofors gun is fired, it costs Rs 15,000. The financial drain apart, over 2,000 soldiers have died at Siachen since 1984. The annual cost of deploying paramilitary forces in Jammu and Kashmir has been computed by Home Ministry sources at Rs 85 crore a month. Of this 65 to 70 per cent goes towards salaries. But the real cost of...

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