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Doklam standoff: Forces prepared to face any eventuality, says Arun Jaitley

He also assured that the armed forces have adequate defence equipment

Press Trust of India  |  New Delhi 

Defence Minister Arun Jaitley. Photo: PTI
Defence Minister Arun Jaitley. Photo: PTI

The armed forces are prepared to face any eventuality, on Friday assured the amid the ongoing standoff between Indian and Chinese military in the area. In response to a question on reports of troop movements in by amid the on-going standoff and a senior Army officer's statement that Pakistan's defence industry was better than India's, Jaitely said the armed forces have adequate defence equipment to tackle any exigency. "Our defence forces are ready to take on any eventuality," he said without making any specific reference to to A question was also asked about a which stated that the defence forces have that can last for 22 days in an event of a war, instead of the mandatory 40 days. Responding to this, the contended that significant progress has been made on this front thereafter, but did not elaborate. "Nobody should have a doubt on that," the asserted. In response to another question on the government's target to achieve indigenisation by 2022, Subhash Bhamre, minister of state in the Defence Ministry, said taking into consideration the next 15 years, the forces have a Long Term Integrated (LTI) perspective on this. also sought to allay fears of closure of (ODFs), saying all these factories and defence PSUs are going to continue and no employee will be retrenched. "The core expertise of these is (manufacturing) and they will continue to do that," Jaitely said.

First Published: Sat, August 12 2017. 09:58 IST