Next Indian Naval Chief to be Named Soon: Antony

Published: 29th March 2014 04:46 PM  |   Last Updated: 29th March 2014 04:46 PM   |  A+A-

By IANS

The next Indian Navy chief will be named soon, Defence Minister A K Antony said Saturday.

"If someone decides to resign, it's that's the individual's choice. Normally it (selection of service chiefs) happens as a natural process and currently the selection process is in the final stages. The next naval chief would be announced soon," Antony told reporters here.

The force has been headless since the resignation of Admiral D K Joshi following a series of accidents that clamimed a number of lives

"Accidents do take place and every time they happens, a court of inquiry is ordered. Once it is done, appropriate action is taken," said Antony, who is in Kerala to campaign for the Lok Sabha elections, to be held across the state April 10.

Asked about the numerous controversies affecting the defence ministry over the years, he retorted: "Can you point out any allegation that was made and was dumped in the dustbin? Instead, tough action has been taken," Antony maintained. 

He pointed out that legal measures have been taken whenever contracts have been cancelled, adding defence procurement decisions in India are not political.

"Stringent action has also been taken when there has been a lapse and we even blacklisted six of the world's leading defence suppliers. We also faced criticism when contracts were cancelled and it was said it would lead to slackening of modernisation. Despite all this, modernisation has taken place full steam and navy has been the biggest beneficiary. It has got new platforms and equipment," said Antony. 

He also pointed out that it was the practice to surrender a portion of the defence budget but in the past five years, this had not happened. 

Antony has written himself into the record books by becoming India's longest-serving defence minister following an uninterrupted run from 2006.

Stay up to date on all the latest Nation news with The New Indian Express App. Download now
(Get the news that matters from New Indian Express on WhatsApp. Click this link and hit 'Click to Subscribe'. Follow the instructions after that.)

Comments

Disclaimer : We respect your thoughts and views! But we need to be judicious while moderating your comments. All the comments will be moderated by the newindianexpress.com editorial. Abstain from posting comments that are obscene, defamatory or inflammatory, and do not indulge in personal attacks. Try to avoid outside hyperlinks inside the comment. Help us delete comments that do not follow these guidelines.

The views expressed in comments published on newindianexpress.com are those of the comment writers alone. They do not represent the views or opinions of newindianexpress.com or its staff, nor do they represent the views or opinions of The New Indian Express Group, or any entity of, or affiliated with, The New Indian Express Group. newindianexpress.com reserves the right to take any or all comments down at any time.

flipboard facebook twitter whatsapp