A day after the Centre imposed restrictions on import of 101 weapons and army platforms, the Trinamool Congress on Monday sought to know if the nation’s defence business has the flexibility to provide this stuff.
Senior TMC chief and the celebration’s nationwide spokesperson Saugata Roy mentioned the central authorities ought to create a “correct roadmap” to make India’s indigenous defence sector self-reliant.
In a significant reform initiative to spice up the home defence business, Defence Minister Rajnath Singh on Sunday introduced restrictions on import of 101 weapons and army platforms together with artillery weapons, assault rifles, transport plane and sonar programs.
“The announcement may sound good, however there are some things that need to be regarded into. The Centre has put an embargo on 101 gadgets, however the query stays whether or not our indigenous defence sector has the flexibility to provide these gadgets. If not, what’s the Union authorities doing to boost its capabilities,” the senior TMC chief advised PTI.
Roy, a veteran parliamentarian and former union minister, claimed that makes an attempt have been made to undermine the countrys ordnance factories during the last 5 years.
“On one hand, you speak of ‘Atmanirbhar Bharat’ (self- reliant India) and on the opposite, you weaken our ordnance factories as a substitute of strengthening them. That is unacceptable,” he mentioned.
Efforts needs to be made to construct fighter jets, submarines and different high-end defence merchandise in India, the Lok Sabha MP from Dum Dum insisted.
“If the nation lacks functionality, overseas firms will arrange items in India and promote their merchandise to us. That received’t serve the aim. The federal government should provide you with a correct roadmap to make the defence sector self-reliant,” he added.
The defence minister had on Sunday mentioned that the home defence business would obtain contracts value nearly Rs 4 lakh crore throughout the subsequent 5 to seven years on account of the choice to prune the import record of army platforms and gear.
He additionally mentioned that every one essential steps might be taken to make sure that timelines for home manufacturing of apparatus recognized beneath the adverse record for import are met, including the measures will embrace a co-ordinated mechanism for hand- holding of the business by the defence companies.