On 13th , 14th and 15th April 2014, two workshops, four village Rallies and village meetings were organized in connection with Global day of action on Military Spending (GDAMS).-2014. They had discussed in detail about India’s Military Spending expenses on Huge Forces, Missiles, Aircraft ,Guns etc in comparison with poverty alleviation activities expenses (Millennium Development Goals etc.) which are very low. And therefore, it was insisted that there is no need for heavy Military expenditure in India.
It was mentioned that taxes are spent on Military expenditure, Weapons, Warfare preparation, instead of solving the drinking water, Health and food problems, Literacy problems etc. So it was insisted that there needs to be increased pressure on the Government through Member of Parliament – MP, MLA and elected leaders, that they must reduce the budget for Military Spending and this money should be used in Community Development activities – MDG activities, Energy Crises, Creating of new jobs for youths or tackling poverty and climate change problems and other social issues. Priorities must be fixed in connection of the National Agenda or Development agenda.
Secondly, Budget experts had also actively participated in the workshop and village rallies in connection with GDAMS. The GDAMS Campaign and workshop news have also been published in News papers as well as broadcast in local TV and Radio and due to this efforts, there is increased discussion among educated people, Youths and activists, on Military Spending.