Navy Current Affairs - 2019
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The Interim Budget 2019 has increased the allocations to the Defence Ministry by 6.87 per cent to Rs 3.18 lakh crore against last year’s allocation of Rs 2.98 lakh crore.
Allocations to Defence Ministry
The Defence Ministry budget outlay includes:
- Of the total allocation of Rs 3.18 lakh crore, Rs 1,08,248 crore has been set aside for capital outlay for the year 2019-2020 to purchase new weapons, aircraft, warships and other military hardware.
- Rs 1,12,079 crore has been set aside for payment of pensions.
- The defence budget is around 1.44 per cent of the GDP.
- Of the total capital outlay of Rs 1,08,248 crore, the Army was granted Rs 29,447 crore, the Navy was given Rs 23,156 crore and the Indian Air Force got an allocation of Rs 39,302 crore.
- The revenue expenditure which includes expenses on payment of salaries and maintenance of establishments has been pegged at Rs 2,10,682 crore as against Rs 1,88,118 crore for 2018-19.
- The capital outlay for armed forces is 32.19 per cent of the government’s total capital expenditure of Rs 3,36,293 crore.
The allocation to the defence ministry for capital expenditure is said to be inadequate given the kind of modernisation our armed forces are envisaging.
India’s oldest and largest shipping trade union, National Union of Seafarers of India (NUSI) has been honoured with the ‘Best Welfare Organisation of the Year – 2015’ award.
The award was presented to Abdulgani Y Serang , NUSI general secretary by Koji Sekimizu, Secretary General of International Maritime Organisation at a function held in London.
The award is promoted by the United Kingdom based International Seafarers’ Welfare and Assistance Network (ISWAN).
The award recognise excellence of organisation in the provision of welfare services and facilities for seafarers. This award is part of ISWAN’s on-going work to promote implementation of the International Labour Organisation’s (ILO’s) Maritime Labour Convention (MLC), 2006.
NUSI was founded in 1932 by Khansaheb Mohamed Ebrahim Serang. It was established for the right of employment, increase in wages and improvement of working conditions of seafarers. Presently, NUSI has around 80,000 seafarers as members working aboard Indian as well as foreign cargo ships.