ALSO READCongress charges against Rafale deal, a disservice to forces: Sitharaman Sitharaman calls tours 'eye-opening', stresses on integration of forces Govt focussed on strengthening armed forces, says Nirmala Sitharaman Nirmala Sitharaman visits Pokhran's field firing range, meets Army officers India well equipped and geared-up to combat border issues: Sitharaman
The Defence Minister said the central government will remove the hurdles in domestic defence manufacturing.
Sitharaman said the Tamil Nadu Industry Minister M C Sampath had mooted the idea of creating an aerospace cluster and defence parks.
Sitharaman said she has asked CII officials to hold discussions with the state government and chart out a plan.
Questioned about Tamil Nadu Governor Banwarilal Purohit visiting districts and meeting officials, Sitharaman said there was nothing wrong in that.
On the alleged firing at Indian fishermen by the Coast Guard recently, Sitharaman said the truth would come out on the completion of an inquiry.
Sitharaman said the talks for the purchase of French Rafale fighter jets began in the year 2000 and the United Progressive Alliance (UPA) government did not take any concrete decisions after holding negotiations between 2004-2013.