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Soon, India will be major producer than market of defence equipment: Modi

Aiming to make Indian armed forces as the best in the globe, the government is taking all steps and those days are not far when India emerges as a major producer rather than a market of defence equipment, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said on Thursday. 

India will soon be major producer not market of defence goods: PM-VPN
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New Delhi, First Published Jan 28, 2021, 7:07 PM IST
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Aiming to make Indian armed forces as the best in the globe, the government is taking all steps and those days are not far when India emerges as a major producer rather than a market of defence equipment, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said on Thursday. 

Addressing an NCC rally at the Cariappa Ground in Delhi, PM Modi said, "Whether it is virus challenges or challenges on borders, India is prepared to deal with all situation. We are self-reliant in vaccine manufacturing and with the same speed are modernising our armed forces. Today, India has modern machines and weapons." 
"Yesterday only three Rafales from France have arrived here. Mid-air refuelling was done by the UAE. Saudi Arabia and Greece also helped in it. This shows India's strong relations with the Gulf countries."

In order to reduce dependency on imported equipment, the government has decided to make them within the country only.

"We have decided to manufacture more than 100 defence-related equipment in India. This and Air Force's order of 80 Tejas fighter planes, enhanced focus on artificial Intelligence related warfare will ensure that India emerges as a major producer rather than a market of defence equipment," the prime minister said.

Speaking about the National Cadets Corps, he said it has a major role to play in instilling this sense of discipline in the social life of India. 

"NCC cadets are present everywhere where Indian tradition of valour and service is being promoted or awareness about the constitution is being generated. Similarly, any project involving environment or water conservation has NCC participation," he said.

On Naxalism and Maoism, PM Modi said that "it was this blend of a sense of duty among the citizenry and bravery of the security forces that broke the back of Naxalism and Maoism which was affecting a large part of the country. Now menace of Naxalism has been shrunk to a very limited area of the country and affected youths have left the path of violence to join the development mainstream."
 
He informed that about 1 lakh cadets are being trained by Army, Air force and Navy across the country. "One-third of them are girl cadets. Training infrastructure for NCC is being strengthened. As against just one firing simulator earlier, 98 are being established now. Micro flight simulators are also being increased from 5 to 44 and rowing simulators from 11 to 60," he added.
 
The prime minister paid tribute to Field Marshal Cariappa on his birth anniversary today.

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