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Need to build defence capabilities over next 3 years: Parrikar


Panaji, Nov 12 (PTI) Union Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar today said the country need not worry about Pakistan and China, but needed to build the defence capabilities over the next three years.

Assuring that there would be transparency in the functioning of his ministry, he also said that crucial defence purchases would be fast-tracked.

“I have realised that if someone properly heads the defence ministry, then we need not worry about Pakistan and China. We are strong enough…we have to build our capability over the next two-three years,” said Parrikar, who visited his home state today after joining the Union Cabinet on Sunday.

“We need to provide the armed forces the required logistical support. Prime Minister has given me the responsibility to provide all the support to defence forces. I am feeling more responsible because the defence deals are worth Rs one lakh crore,” he said, talking to the reporters.

Parrikar said he would ensure transparency in the defence purchases and the functioning of his ministry, which he said were crucial for the strengthening of the forces.

“All the purchases which are immediately required would be fast-tracked,” he added.

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