India’s military preparedness is best deterrent, will guarantee peace: Arun Jaitley

"Obviously, in view of the peculiar situation from geo-political point of view where we are located, our preparedness is the best deterrent and which is certainly a guarantee for peace as far as our region is concerned," he said.

By: PTI | New Delhi | Published:May 30, 2017 4:35 pm
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India’s military preparedness is the best deterrent, which will guarantee peace in the region, and it must significantly ramp up defence production keeping in mind geo-political dynamics, Defence Minister Arun Jaitley said today. He said defence PSUs and private sector can have a healthy competition to develop military platforms and weapon systems, asserting that India must not rely heavily on imports.

In an oblique reference to Pakistan, Jaitley said security requirements are dictated by the kind of neighbourhood India has. “Obviously, in view of the peculiar situation from geo-political point of view where we are located, our preparedness is the best deterrent and which is certainly a guarantee for peace as far as our region is concerned,” he said.

He was speaking at an event where some of the defence public sector undertakings (DPSUs) were given Raksha Mantri’s awards for their performance in 2014-15 and 2015-16. “No country can indefinitely win wars and battles on the strength of trying to buy and import equipment from outside. Its security preparedness would be incomplete if it relies only on that,” Jaitley said.

The defence minister referred to the strategic partnership model for involving leading domestic private sector firms along with foreign entities for defence production and said it will encourage defence manufacturing in the country.

Under the strategic partnership model, Government plans to rope in select private firms to build military platforms like submarines and fighter jets in India in partnership with foreign entities. It aims to create a vibrant defence manufacturing ecosystem in the country through involvement of both the major Indian corporates as well as the MSME sector.

“There is no reason why we cannot become a force to reckon with (in defence production),” he said. Talking about the economy, Jaitley said it has been logging impressive growth in the last three years.

“Having completed seven decades after Independence, we have now for three years in a row achieved the distinction of being the fastest growing global economy among the major economies. We aspire to evolve from a developing economy to a developed economy,” he said. Jaitley said India must expand its manufacturing sector to create job opportunities on a mass scale.

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    arc
    May 30, 2017 at 4:58 pm
    Yes, military has been prepared all along. That's why Pathankot air base was attacked. And that's why Kashmir is so peaceful. This I.d.iot of a defense minister should think before he opens his mouth.
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      hind army
      May 30, 2017 at 4:55 pm
      what military you are talking . The military which ties civilians to jeep . Ten lakh army fighting 90 odd teen age boys in kashmir. Give your army proper food first . They are complaining on social media and you fire them. filthy politicians. now bakhts will start barking..1....2....3.....go
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        debasis
        May 30, 2017 at 5:58 pm
        If mullahs will in our vicinity then definity bhakths will start barking also hit you fiercely with sticks and whatever possible.Understood .....
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