Defence procurement finalised, says Parrikar

  • Manish K Pathak, Hindustan Times, Mumbai
  • Updated: Feb 16, 2016 18:25 IST

Union defence Minister Manohar Parrikar said a defence procurement procedure, in which indigenous production will be given priority, has been finalised. He was speaking at a Make in India event at MMRDA ground in BKC on Monday. He added that the Make In India programme will help one lakh skilled workers and that the results will start showing in the next two months.

“If the political system is clean and process is followed diligently without any corruption and interference, 25 per cent of expenditure will be saved without compromising the facilities provided by defence in terms of quality and quantity,” he said. Parrikar said the defence public sector undertaking (PSU) production has been increased.

“For example, 89% of Akash missile production has been made indigenous and production has doubled,” he said. Parrikar added, “We can now export 10% of the production to other countries from next year.”

Parrikar also commented on the state of the education system, which he said does not produce skilled workers. The government will pay attention to skill development so that youngsters can procure jobs easily, he said.

There is not a single offset proposal pending with the ministry and 370 licences have been issued for the defence sector, he said. FDI flow has increased more than 40%, Parrikar added. When asked about casualties in defence forces, Parrikar said he is monitoring all casualties among the three armed forces every month.

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