The government has “zero tolerance” for terrorism and it is determined to flush out terrorists from Kashmir, Minister of State (MoS) for defence Subhash Bhamre said on Monday.
Bhamre’s comments come two days after the security forces killed six Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) militants, including the nephew of Mumbai attack mastermind Zaki-ur Rehman Lakhvi, in north Kashmir’s Bandipora district. “Our policy is is clear. There is zero tolerance for terrorism. We are going to stop cross-border infiltration of terrorists. Our Army is trying to flush out terrorism from the Valley,” he said.
Earlier, speaking at a gathering of defence attaches of around 70 countries and captains of India’s defence industry, Bhamre said the government had been “tirelessly” working towards making up for critical shortages of the armed forces. He said policies were now being framed to make procurement and acquisition of defence platforms “fast and transparent”.
The minister said the government was spending billions of dollars on acquisitions from abroad and 20 to 25 per cent reduction in imports would directly create additional jobs in India. “This is why defence is at the heart of our ‘Make in India’ programme. We have reformed our defence procurement policies and procedures,” he said.
Bhamre said there was now a clear preference for equipment manufactured in India. “Our procurement procedures will ensure simplicity, accountability and speedy decision making,” he said.