Strong defence capability essential to maintain peace: Pranab Mukherjee

Armed forces should be prepared to face any aggression and safeguard territorial integrity: Prez

Written by PTI | Chandigarh | Published:March 15, 2013 4:48 pm

India is fully committed to maintaining peace for which effective deterrence and strong defence capability is essential,President Pranab Mukherjee said today.

“As our country is moving ahead on the path of economic progress,it is essential to preserve peace for which we need to maintain an effective deterrence and a strong defence capability,” Mukherjee said.

The president,who is also the supreme commander of the armed forces,said this while addressing an august gathering after a presentation ceremony of colours to Air Force Central Medical Establishment and 3 Base Repair Depot (BRD) here.

Noting that India was fully committed to maintain peace,Mukherjee,however,said the armed forces should be prepared to face any aggression and safeguard territorial integrity.

“As a nation,we are fully committed to maintaining peace and we are steadfast in our belief that the resolution of disputes should be through discussion.

“But at the same time,we need to be prepared to face any aggression and safeguard our territorial integrity with all our might,” he said.

Appreciating the role of the air arm of the Indian armed forces,Mukherjee said the Indian Air Force has a “critical role” to play in this effort.

Praising IAF for discharging its duty with fortitude,Mukherjee said: “The brave air warriors have been engaged in undertaking a whole range of crucial missions for the nation. They range from disaster relief operations to supporting counter insurgency operations.”

Emphasising on the role of repair mechanism in the defence sector,he said nations might have the most sophisticated platforms but their effectiveness will hinge on the quality of repairs and maintenance of aircraft and their avionics.

“The role of repair and support organisations has become more critical than ever. The aircraft we can deploy and their lethality will depend on the efficiency of such organisations,Mukherjee said referring to the three BRD here.

Prominent guests who were present on the occasion included Punjab and Haryana governor Shivraj V Patil and Jagannath Pahadia respectively,Haryana Chief Minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda and Air Chief Marshal N A K Browne.

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