Deputy Minister of Defence Maj-General Kyaw Nyunt shot down a report claiming that national defence spending is set to fall 15-20 per cent in the next fiscal year.

He was responding to a question from a reporter in Nay Pyi Taw on Tuesday who asked him about a report submitted to Parliament that said the ministry will cut its budget by 15-20 per cent in the 2015-16 fiscal year.

Maj-General Kyaw Nyunt said this was false. “We did not say we will reduce our spending. But we are spending to a minimum degree,” he told the reporter. “We have not submitted any proposal about this to Parliament. Our budget is being spent on a proportionate basis,” he added.

A defence budget is inserted into a report of the Union Parliament’s joint committee for planning and financial development. The report, submitted during a session of the Union Parliament on July 9, highlighted national projects undertaken by the government from October 2013 to March 2014.

The report said the defence ministry had informed Parliament it would reduce spending in the next fiscal year, which runs from April to March.