Chennai, April 12: Prime Minister Narendra Modi, speaking at the Defence Expo 2018 in Mahabalipuram, expressed his delight at the participation of more than 500 Indian firms along with over 150 foreign companies and delegates from about 40 countries. PM Modi said that the Centre's commitment towards peace is as strong as the one towards protecting its people and the nation.
Stating that there was a time when the critical issue of defence preparedness was hampered by policy paralysis, he remarked, “We have seen the damage such laziness, incompetence or perhaps some hidden motives, can cause to the nation. Not now, Not anymore, Never again.”
“You would have also seen that we have brought the process to a successful conclusion with a contract that will provide a boost to defence manufacturing in India”, he added.
Lauding the contribution of small and medium sector's contribution to defence production which has grown by 200% in the last 4 years, Prime Minister said government is committed to establish two defence industrial corridors, in Tamil Nadu and Uttar Pradesh.