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Parrikar, the ‘specialist’, promises transparency and speed

Stressing PM Narendra Modi’s mantra “Make in India”, Parrikar said that “as much as possible, we should manufacture in India”.

Written by Pranav Kulkarni , RAMENDRA SINGH | New Delhi | Updated: November 11, 2014 12:25 pm
Prime Minister Narendra Modi with newly sworn-in Cabinet ministers Manohar Parrikar and Suresh Prabhu at the oath taking ceremony for new ministers at Rashtrapati Bhavan in New Delhi on Sunday.  (Source: PTI) Prime Minister Narendra Modi with newly sworn-in Cabinet ministers Manohar Parrikar and Suresh Prabhu at the oath taking ceremony for new ministers at Rashtrapati Bhavan in New Delhi on Sunday. (Source: PTI)

The day he took over, Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar assured transparent and speedy acquisition of critical equipment. The former Goa chief minister, who described his new assignment as a “highly sensitive ministry”, expressed confidence that he would go ahead “with speed” on the work his predecessor Arun Jaitley had started.

“Whatever will be there will be transparent and fast-processed; that is my specialty,” Parrikar told reporters.

He began the day in Lucknow by filing a nomination for the Rajya Sabha, flew back to Delhi and took charge as India’s 36th defence minister, then held a quick meeting with ministry officials and the three service chiefs, followed by a cabinet meeting.

Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar filing nomination papers in Vidhan Bhawan for Rajya Sabha elections, in Lucknow on Monday. Union Minister of State Rajiv Pratap Rudy looks on. (Source: PTI) Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar filing nomination papers in Vidhan Bhawan for Rajya Sabha elections, in Lucknow on Monday. Union Minister of State Rajiv Pratap Rudy looks on. (Source: PTI)

Stressing Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s mantra “Make in India”, Parrikar said that “as much as possible, we should manufacture in India”. “The PM has been very clear in opening up defence (to the Indian industry). I feel that as much as possible, we should manufacture here in India.”

Dressed in a blue shirt, the IIT Bombay alumnus kept stressing he would comment on critical defence matters only after “understanding” them and taking a “grip of the situation”. “I came to know I had become defence minister only at 11.35 pm yesterday. Give me some time, let me understand the ministry. I will talk to the Prime Minister and then I will reply,” he said in Lucknow. And in Delhi: “I am coming from a state… The requirement at national level may be in a different connotation or different class… Secondly, I was left with no time… I virtually had to pack in five minutes.”

Asked about recent naval mishaps, Parrikar said, “I am equally worried — the torpedo recovery boat that sank at Vizag or even the earlier incident of explosion on submarines. But let me first take a real grip of the situation.”

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About his nomination from UP, he said, “This state has given great leaders. This is the land of Rama and Krishna. UP has been the starting point of history. I consider myself lucky.” He promised to learn Hindi “completely” in two to four months.

To a question about lack of Sainik Schools in UP, he said, “Chinta karne ki koi baat nahin hai. The Home Minster is from here, the Prime Minister is from here, now the Defence Minister is from here. Kya dikkat hai ab?”

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“I can tell you this much, whatever will be there (in defence procurement) will be transparent and fast processed; that is my specialty… I feel that as much as possible, we should manufacture here in India.”

TO-DO LIST

MMRCA contract that involves procurement of 126 fighter aircraft, submarines for Navy, artillery guns; implementing “Make in India” programme; minding relations with Pakistan and border disputes with China; fulfilling One Rank One Pension promise

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    Anand
    Nov 11, 2014 at 5:54 am
    thats for sure, and being an IIT'an i guess learning the ropes would not take too long
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      Bala
      Nov 12, 2014 at 12:18 am
      After a long gap I feel our country is having educated decent task oriented ministers. Pray almighty to shower the best wishes for good governance of our country
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      1. Chandan Bhowmick
        Nov 11, 2014 at 3:35 pm
        ONE has to become a member Of parliament within 6 month of taking charge of minister
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        1. Arun Kumar
          Nov 12, 2014 at 7:56 am
          As per the consution, he has to become a member of either house of the Parliament within six months from the date of uming office.
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            deadbody
            Nov 11, 2014 at 3:55 am
            People who want to see the magic wand should understand that it took China 30 years to reach this stage since they started their reforms. All the bad work done by congress cant be undone in short time. Give Team Modi 10 years, India will be transformed.
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