Ministry of Defence:

Department of Defence
RAJYA SABHA
UNSTARRED QUESTION NO 1700

TO BE ANSWERED ON 02.08.2016
Budgetary Sanction for 17 Corps

1700. Shri Rajeev Chandrasekhar

Will the Minister of DEFENCE be pleased to state:-

(a) whether the 17 Corps, India’s first mountain strike formation with nearly 90,000 soldier meant to capture Chinese territory in the event of a border skirmish, which was approved in 2013, has been granted budgetary sanction; and

(b) if so, the details thereof, and if not, the reasons therefor?

Answer
MINISTER OF DEFENCE
SHRI MANOHAR PARRIKAR

(a) & (b): Government is fully seized of the security needs of the country. Necessary steps are taken from time to time to ensure that the national security concerns pertaining to our borders are adequately addressed through capability development including manpower accretions, infrastructure and modernization. Allocation of funds for these are made within the overall budget of Indian Army.