Permanent peace at a fraction of the cost of today’s armed forces
The Global Peace Initiative has the potential to be the most cost-effective and successful peace-building programme undertaken in modern times. The funding needed to permanently endow the whole project is less than what the world’s armed forces collectively spend every six hours, and less than half the cost of one B-2 bomber. Although tiny compared to military budgets, the funding requirements for the project are nevertheless significant. The annual support needed to fully implement the Global Peace Initiative is US $45.5 million per year. This total annual cost is made up of two parts:
1. Supporting a group of 9,000 Maharishi Vedic Pandits at the campus in central India.
2. Supporting the training programme for new Maharishi Vedic Pandits.
As the central campus operations and the training programmes are now well into the implementation stage, the component costs making up the budget are well known and are outlined below.
1.Maintaining the central group of 9,000
$250 per month is enough to provide each Pandit with housing and full board, medical care, clothing, specialized further education and training aids, as well as a modest stipend for his family. Also included is maintenance, administration and other expenses incurred during his stay in the Brahmasthan of India. With 9,000 Vedic Pandits participating in the project on the campus the total cost is $27 million per year.
2.The pandit training programme
To ensure a constant supply of Maharishi Vedic Pandits for the main group in central India, the training programme has been designed to include: – 20,000 young students in their own villages at a cost of $12 per month and student – 10,000 older students in residential training centres at a cost of $130 per month and student. The annual cost for the training programme is $18.5 million.
The total budget
The combined annual budget for the main group and training programme is US $45.5 million.
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