Modi blames UPA 'paralysis' for delays in defence sector

Lucy Bush
April 14, 2018

"Issues that should have been long addressed by previous governments are being resolved now".

India's mega defence exhibition - the DefExpo - began on Wednesday with the participation of major global and domestic military firms, which are eyeing billions of dollars of contract as part of the country's military modernisation programme.

Lauding the small and medium scale sector's contribution to defence production, PM Modi said that defence production by the SMEs has grown by 200 percent in the past 4 years.

BLAMING the previous Government for hampering defence preparedness through "poor policy", Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday said that NDA regime which is meeting the critical requirements of the Armed Forces such as fighter aircraft and will not spend 10 years on it. "We have seen the damage of such laziness, incompetence or perhaps some hidden motives, can cause to the nation, however, it will not happen anymore in our Government", he stated.

We are committed to establishing two Defence Industrial Corridors in Tamil Nadu and UP.

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Yesterday while addressing the media, Defence Minister Sitharaman said her intention to hold such an exhibition is to promote India-made defence products elsewhere.

He said government will undertake extensive consultations with all stakeholders about India's defence production and defence procurement policy space for the goal.

Modi said share of Indian vendors in the procurement orders placed through defence capital expenditure has gone up from about 50 per cent during 2011-14 to over 60 per cent in last three years.

"On defence manufacturing licenses, on defence offsets, on defence exports clearances, on Foreign Direct Investment in defence manufacturing, and on reforming our defence procurement, we have taken many steps", he said.

"Our dream is to develop the ecosystem to foster an environment of new and creative entrepreneurship in the defence manufacturing sector", Modi said.

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The theme of this year's DefExpo is, "India: The Emerging Defence Manufacturing Hub". "In less than four years, we have issued 794 more export permissions, for a total value of over $1.3 billion".

"In May 2014, the total number of defence export permissions granted stood at 118, for a total value of $577 million".

He said a technology perspective and capability road-map had been released to help the industry in planning and initiating technology development, partnerships and production arrangements.Quoting former President Dr APJ Abdul Kalam's famous words - "Dream!"

Under the scheme, the government would set up defence innovation hubs throughout the country to provide necessary incubation and infrastructure support to the start-ups in defence sector.

Imperative to Make in India and Make for India is more than ever before, says PM Modi, while adding that government had increased FDI in defence to 49 per cent.

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The collective presence of major United States manufacturers, technology innovators, supply-chain leaders and even firearms producers exhibiting at the show would be a strong indication of how important India was to the US. "India, with its leadership in information technology domain, would strive to use this technology tilt to its advantage", he said.

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