New Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday said that self-confidence in the defence sector is very important for making an Atmanirbhar Bharat.
He was addressing the Defence Insutry Outreach Webinar organised by Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FICCI) and Defence Ministry.
“For many years, India has been one of the biggest defence importers. After Independence, India had a great capability in defence manufacturing and an ecosystem of defence manufacturing established over 100 years. Unfortunately, this subject could not get requisite attention. For making a modern and Atmanirbhar Bharat, there should be a feeling of self-confidence in the defence sector,” PM Modi said.
PM Modi also commented upon the importance of Chief of Defence Staff (CDS).
“The decision (to appoint CDS) is a symbol of the new India’s self-confidence,” he said.
“The list of 101 equipment for domestic purchase only will be expanded further. The purpose of this list is to boost the industries in the country,” PM Modi added.
Defence Minister Rajnath Singh and Chief of Defence Staff General Bipin Rawat were also present in the event.
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— Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) August 27, 2020