Defence Minister promised a ‘bang’, ended with a ‘whimper’: Chidambaram


New Delhi, August 9

Senior Congress chief P Chidambaram on Sunday hit out at Defence Minister Rajnath Singh, saying the “import embargo” on defence tools introduced by him was “high sounding jargon” as their solely importer was the Defence Ministry.

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The Defence Minister promised a “bang” on a Sunday morning and ended with a “whimper”, Chidambaram mentioned in a collection of tweets.

“The only importer of defence equipment is the Defence Ministry. Any import embargo is really an embargo on oneself,” the previous Home Minister mentioned.

What the Defence Minister mentioned in his “historic Sunday announcement” deserved solely an workplace order from the minister to his secretaries, Chidambaram mentioned.

“Import embargo is high sounding jargon. What it means is we will try to make the same equipment (that we import today) in 2 to 4 years and stop imports thereafter!” he mentioned.

In a serious reform initiative to spice up the home defence trade, the Defence Minister introduced restrictions on import of 101 weapons and army platforms, together with artillery weapons, assault rifles and transport plane.

“The Ministry of Defence is now ready for a big push to #AtmanirbharBharat initiative,” Singh mentioned on Twitter whereas making the announcement.

He mentioned the ministry has ready a listing of 101 gadgets for which the embargo on imports is deliberate to be progressively carried out between 2020 and 2024. PTI



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