DefExpo 2018: Govt committed to peace, its people, territory, says PM Modi

DefExpo 2018: Govt committed to peace, its people, territory, says PM Modi

DefExpo 2018: Govt committed to peace, its people, territory, says PM Modi

The 4km-long road from Guindy to Chennai airport at Meenambakkam, where the prime minister landed this morning to participate in the 10th edition of the DefExpo at Thiruvidanthai near Chennai, was flooded with protesters, forcing Defence Minister Nirmala Sithraman to walk down one kilometre to reach the airport to welcome Modi. "For this we are ready to take all necessary measures to equip our armed forces, including through the establishment of a strategically independent defence industrial complex", he said.

There was a time when the critical issue of defence preparedness was hampered by policy paralysis.

The Prime Minister told that the Standard Operating Procedure for issue of export authorizations has been simplified and put in public domain. Mr Modi referred to what he said was "a baseless allegation being made about the ToR of the Commission being biased against certain states or a particular region".

During his visit, the Prime Minister will interact with people and officials of the district administration who at the epicentre of Left Wing Extremism have performed well.

India is a leading importer of arms and military platforms globally and the current Bharatiya Janata Party-led National Democratic Alliance (NDA) government has been laying emphasis on the indigenization of defence manufacturing. The four-day defence expo (April 11 to 14) would focus on India as an emerging manufacturing power for defence equipment. "We have seen how laziness, incompetence and perhaps some hidden motives can cause damage to the nation", said the Prime Minister. You need the government even to grant permission to export, says the PM. While addressing the BJP MPs through teleconferencing on the occasion of Mahatma Jyotirao Phule the Prime Minister said, "Those who couldn't gain power in 2014 do not want the country to move forward". "The corridors will become engines of economic development and growth of defence industrial base", the PM said. He further launches defence excellence scheme.

India is a land of glorious maritime legacy, and Tamil Nadu has been at the forefront of that legacy.

Besides the TVK, Marumalarchi Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (MDMK) and Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (DMK) members waved black flags outside the airport before the arrival of the PM. "He has done injustice to Tamil Nadu", he said.

The Prime Minister arrives at the venue of the Defence Expo2018 in Mahabalipuram. He was received by Tamil Nadu Governor Banwarilal Pandit, Chief Minister Edappadi K Palaniswami, and deputy Chief Minister O Panneerselvam. Security has been tightened outside the Chennai airport ahead of PM Modi's arrival.

Police also detained most of the high-profile protesters, including film directors Bharatiraja, Seeman, Vetrimaran and others, at the Chennai airport.

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