The defence ministry strongly favours expediting work on proposed India's first defence university at Binola village in Gurgaon district. Minister of state (MoS) for defence Rao Inderjit Singh told Hindustan Times on Sunday evening that a top-end institute was urgently needed which could act as a think tank for the national defence strategies.
"Though the previous UPA government had planned Indian National Defence University (INDU) in 2009-10 and its foundation stone was laid by the former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh in May last year but till date nothing has been done in this direction. To make the INDU functional is among the top priority of the ministry. Besides arms and ammunition, the country also needs a defence think tank to build a modern defence sector," said the minister, who stayed briefly in the city after attending state executive body of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) at Kurukshetra.
Singh said that the UPA had wasted four years and failed to progress in INDU but the Narendra Modi-led National Democratic Alliance (NDA) government was committed to make it functional where best brains from the forces and civilians work together to develop different strategic roadmaps.
The minister said that owing to weak policies of the previous UPA government, the purchase of arms and ammunition was adversely affected.
"We are committed for fully-equip armed forces with an assurance of making all purchases in more transparent but speedy manner. It was observed in the past that the companies failing to get defence procurement orders often make allegations in the media which stalled the entire procurement exercise," said the minister, while adding that the NDA would ensure morale boosting of the defence personnel by providing them every equipment.
He further added that while the Centre would relentlessly check any allegation of irregularity in defence purchases, it would also ensure that mere accusations did not delay the process.
"Erring individuals would not be spared but there would no delay in modernising Indian defence forces," he said.
The MoS said that NDA was committed to act sternly against terrorism - be it home grown Naxalism or cross-border.
"Pakistan is regularly violating ceasefire and its agenda to keep Kashmir on the international forum is not hidden from the world. We are maintaining a strict vigil on every single movement and incident at the international border," he said.