Self-reliance important for meeting defence needs: Army chief

Army chief had written a letter to PM raising concerns over the preparedness of the Indian Army.

Written by Agencies | New Delhi | Published: March 30, 2012 3:05 pm

Army Chief Gen V K Singh,who raised the issue of battle preparedness of the force,today said there was a need for attaining self-reliance in meeting defence needs.

Addressing an aerospace and defence conference organized by ASSOCHAM here,the Army Chief spoke in favour of a sound industrial base with increased participation of private sector and increased coordination among industries,government and the defence forces.

“We need a strategic vision for ensuring self-reliance and maintaining an independent capability,because of the two pillars our policy is based on. These two pillars are that our country has got no extra territorial ambition and it does not want to transplant its ideology on anybody,” Gen Singh said.

He noted the requirement to develop a capability to equip the armed forces without getting influenced by external factors.

“This demands that we have independent capability to equip our armed forces,a capability that does not get influences by too much of dependence on external factors,” he added.

The Army chief had written a letter to the Prime Minister raising concerns over the preparedness of the Indian Army,modernisation and acquisition process.

Noting that the Indian defence industry has come a long way since its early days and is now capable of developing complex systems and technologies,the Army Chief asked them to understand the policies properly.

“The private sector participation has been debated for a long time. While in the national economic policies there have been institutional and policy oriented changes,we need to ensure that our industry understands the complex web of linkages which determine national policies in defence industrial sector,” he said.

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