MUMBAI: Stating that India spends around Rs 3 lakh crore every year on defending its borders, Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar today called for "self dependence" and need for indigenous efforts with regards to ammunition supply in order to take on any eventuality.
He was addressing a gathering here while inaugurating the 'Engineers' Conclave' jointly organized by the National Academy of Engineering and Bhabha Atomic Research Centre. "When we talk about security, whether its energy, food or even the security of borders, I think self dependence is very important. We require some critical equipment for the purpose of defending our country.
"My worry is that after spending such a huge amount, Rs 2.5 lakh to 3 lakh crore every year on defence...we are spending this money every year, year after year for a one time eventuality and I hope that it doesn't come," Parrikar said. "In case it comes true, just maybe, then we have to depend on other countries for supply of arms and ammunition…Security does have to take into consideration the dependence on foreign powers for supply of ammunition. Therefore use of indigenous efforts is a very important aspect," he said.
Parrikar further said that Prime Minister Narendra Modi's Swacch Bharat and Clean Ganga mission that were taken up last year should have been pursued long back. "Swacch Bharat concept launched by PM last year and Ganga Clean mission should have been done long back. When we talk of Ganga, it has so many medicinal components in it as it has its source in the Himalayas. It can virtually take care of minor bacterial inputs. This is what I read. Today, it does not work out to be true," he said.
Parrikar said that India is developing at a speed not seen in Western countries and that when we spend energy, saving it at the same time should be made a hallmark. "Aspect of a clean and green India can generate power by itself. Our culture tells us that earth has enough to give you for your needs," he said.