Monday, 21 May, 2018

DefExpo 2018: Govt To Boost Defence Manufacturing, Says Narendra Modi

PM Modi to observe fast on April 12 against diruptions in Parliament Will Modi come to Chennai tomorrow?
Sammy Stanley | 14 April, 2018, 10:30

He was here to inaugurate the Defence Expo at Thiruvidanthai and to open the Diamond Jubilee Building of Cancer Institute at Chennai.

Modi, a strictly observant Hindu and teetotal vegetarian, routinely fasts every year for the Navratri festival - a nine day ritual when he only takes liquids during daylight hours.

Several protesters thronged near the airport, raising slogans and holding placards which said 'Go Back Modi.' They even climbed up a giant hoarding to register their dissent, forcing the PM to not to travel by the road and instead take a chopper.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi's visit to Chennai has been met with a wave of protests, especially over the Cauvery issue.

Our commitment to peace is as strong as our commitment to protecting our people and our territory. Health minister J P Nadda will be in Modi's constituency Varanasi while law minister Ravi Shankar Prasad will go to Patna. Listing his government's initiatives to promote defence production in India, Prime Minister accused the previous UPA government of policy paralysis in the defence sector. These will utilize defence manufacturing ecosystems in the regions & further build upon it.

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He said the government in recent years took many steps in the field of defence manufacturing licenses, defence offsets, defence exports clearances and on Foreign Direct Investment in defence manufacturing along with reforming India's defence procurement.

The Defence Procurement Procedure has been revised with many specific provisions for stimulating the growth of domestic defence industry.

According to reports from Delhi, Modi will observe a day-long fast on Thursday along with all party MPs in protest against the washout of the recent Parliament session.

Besides the DMK's black flag protest, Tamizhaga Vazhvurimai Katchi led by T Velmurugan and volunteers of the Tamizhar Vazhvuirimai Kootamaippu (TVK), an umbrella body of Tamil outfits, also held demonstrations near the airport. He was received by Tamil Nadu Governor Banwarilal Pandit, Chief Minister Edappadi K Palaniswami, and deputy Chief Minister O Panneerselvam.

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