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India to be self-reliant in Def manufacturing: Modi

India to be self-reliant in Def manufacturing: Modi
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Prime Minister Narendra Modi Modi said that the government is committed to make India self-reliant in defence manufacturing.

  • Announces Rs. 8,000 cr for building roads in Jammu & Kashmir
  • Ladakh demands opening of new Kailash Mansarovar Yatra route
  • ‘I assure that we will fight corruption and work with all those against graft’


Leh: Prime Minister Narendra Modi Modi said that the government is committed to make India self-reliant in defence manufacturing.
Army chief General Dalbir Singh Suhag presenting a memento to the Prime Minister Narendra Modi in Leh on Tuesday
Modi, who is on a day-long visit to the Ladakh region, addressed the soldiers.

The prime minister spoke of the provisions made in the union budget towards the modernization and welfare of the armed forces, including ‘One Rank One Pension’.

He also promised that the National War Memorial would be built and would inspire future generations of India.

Meanwhile, in the last three years, the US has taken over Russia as the largest supplier of weapon systems to India, Lok Sabha was informed.

India spent Rs 83,458 crore for procuring equipment from foreign vendors which included Rs 32,615 crore worth of supplies from the US whereas Russia exported hardware worth Rs 25,363.96 crore in this period.

Modi announced a package of Rs 8,000 crore for building of roads in Jammu and Kashmir and waiver of Rs 60 crore in interest owed by the state government to the Food Corporation of India.

Chief Minister Omar Abdullah had flagged the issue during his recent meetings with the central leadership and the Prime Minister, who was here on a day-long visit, announced he will push for the proposal in the union cabinet for granting Rs 8,000 crore to the state.

Modi suggested three Ps for Leh - paryavaran (environment), paryatan (tourism) and prakash (power).

"We have put Leh at the focus of our solar energy initiatives like Gujarat. We are going to fulfil the dream of Atal Bihari Vajpayee," Modi said, dressed in the local Leh costume, at the hydro-power launch event.

Opening of Kailash Mansarovar yatra route from Ladakh, royalty in hydro power projects and a multi-purpose tunnel through Khardongla were some of the demands put forth by Ladakh Autonomous Hill Development Council before Modi.

Council Chairman Rigzin Spalbar met Modi here and presented a memorandum listing out demands of the Ladakh region besides seeking a one-time grant of Rs 200 crore for development works in the region by the Council.

Underlining his government's resolve to fight graft which has "ruined" the country, Modi expressed his willingness to take along people from various parties who have been fighting corruption.

"Corruption is troubling us. People are angry. I assure that we will fight corruption and work with all those against graft. Corruption has ruined the country. I promise that we will fight against corruption with full might," he said.

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