It is the responsibility of the country’s defence establishment to steadfastly work towards achieving Chief of defence staff General Bipin Rawat’s vision of military modernisation and complete self-reliance in arms production, defence minister Rajnath Singh said on Monday.
Inaugurating the department of defence production’s nationwide series of events to celebrate 75 years of Independence under the ‘Azadi Ka Amrit Mahotsav’, Singh paid tributes to the 13 military personnel who died in the ill-fated Mi-17 V5 chopper crash.
“General Rawat still had a lot to do. Modernisation of our armed forces and complete self-reliance in the defence sector were subjects close to his heart. Now, it is our responsibility to work tirelessly to achieve these objectives even sooner,” he added.