NEW DELHI: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday said full-scale wars may become rare and military strength will remain an instrument of deterrence, while addressing over 100 officers of the three armed forces here.
On the occasion, the PM said he would continue the practice he had started of meeting the three armed forces chiefs at least once a month.Interacting with the officers, Modi mentioned the delay in modernizing defence equipment and upgrading of arsenal.
He urged the forces to reform procurement processes and suggest measures to “avoid delays in domestic development and production of defence equipment”.
The Prime Minister, who himself is one of the most tech and social media-savvy politicians of the country, asked the military to give serious thought to upgrading technological skills for “effective projection of power” by their men.
“When we speak of Digital India, we would also like to see a Digital Armed Force,” he commented and asked the services to give serious thought to upgrade technological skills. He also urged the armed forces to focus on efficiency and economy in the use of resources and military assets and draw up long terms acquisition plans keeping in view the availability of resources.
Modi noted that the world was looking at India with renewed interest and excitement and there was a universal current of expectation from India to emerge not only as one of the poles of the global economy, but also as one of the anchors of regional and global security.