29 Apr '16, 4pm

100% self-reliance in defence is not possible :: Manohar Parrikar

100% self-reliance in defence is not possible :: Manohar Parrikar

NEW DELHI: It is not possible to achieve 100 per cent self-reliance in defence production as certain components required in limited numbers have to be purchased off-the-shelf to save money, the Lok Sabha was informed today. Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar said during Question Hour that huge costs will have to be incurred if certain components are produced in small numbers and it would be better to buy it from open market. He said this in response to a supplementary on by when India will be 100 per cent self-reliant in defence production. Parrikar said to attain a high degree of self sufficiency, 70 per cent was a good figure. He, however, did not specify as to whether India has achieved 70 per cent self sufficiency. Referring to the 'Make in India' initiative, he said under the 'Make one' programme, government funds 90 per cent of the project cost and the manufacturer ha...

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