Self-reliance in defence sector to spice up our international standing: Prime Minister


Tribune News Service

New Delhi, August 27

Weeks after the announcement of “Atmanirbhar Bharat” (self-reliant India), Prime Minister Narendra Modi at the moment mentioned it was not inward-looking, however designed to strengthen a world order during which India would have a central position in guaranteeing stability in its quick neighbourhood.

PM Modi gave this message at webinar “Atmanirbhar Bharat – Defence Industry Outreach” organised collectively by trade physique FICCI and the Department of Military Affairs headed by General Bipin Rawat.

The PM addressed issues of the international trade, which has been edgy about guidelines being modified.

Speaking in Hindi, PM Modi mentioned, “Atmanirbhar Bharat is for all — the MSME, Indian industry and foreign partner as well. It is a commitment of the government and a win-win for all.” India, he mentioned, was dedicated to rising as an export hub.

The authorities has taken a number of reform measures like chapter code, ease of enterprise and so forth. “India is changing its focus from licence production to joint production,” the PM added.

Meanwhile, earlier answering questions from the trade, Defence Secretary Ajay Kumar made an essential announcement, saying the request for proposal (RFP) can be out shortly. “It is under legal vetting and will be released to the industry partner,” he added.

Mazagon Dock Limited (MDL), a shipyard underneath the MoD, and personal firm L&T have been chosen as Indian companions.

The two will tie up with a international producer underneath the strategic partnership mannequin.

The Defence Secretary additionally spoke concerning the naval utility helicopter challenge. “It is being processed and is at the initial stage,” he added.

At the occasion, Chief of Defence Staff Gen Rawat mentioned, “Nothing will give the armed forces greater satisfaction than fighting and coming out victorious in war with indigenous technology and equipment.”

In an handle at a seminar on selling self-reliance in defence, Gen Rawat additionally mentioned India’s armed forces are dedicated to hand-hold the home trade in growing subsequent technology army platforms and gear.

Delving into advanced safety situation, he mentioned as India grows in stature, the safety challenges are sure to extend “exponentially”.

He mentioned the armed forces didn’t have any bias in direction of imported gear. “India today is transiting through a period which is chequered with numerous challenges and threats. Our collective response to Covid-19 has firmly established our ability to overcome any such unforeseeable eventuality,” he mentioned. (With inputs from PTI)



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