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LCA Tejas introduced because of my efforts: Parrikar

IANS  |  Panaji 

The light combat aircraft (LCA) of the has been introduced because of his efforts when he was Defence Minister, said on Saturday, stating that the project was "not going anywhere" before he assumed charge of the ministry in 2014.

"Lot of things have been done during my tenure as a .. Make in for example was one of the best. fighter aircraft has been introduced because of my efforts. It was not going anywhere. It was stuck up. Fighter helicopter version has been developed during my tenure," Parrikar said at a function held in the state capital to mark the launch of the policy.

The also said that his elevation as the in 2014 when he was already functioning as the CM of the coastal state, was perhaps a temporary assignment, but added that his most important achievement were the surgical strikes on India's eastern and western fronts.

"...the most important aspect was the surgical strikes, both sides. That was a decision which was required. Of course, the surgical strikes have been carried out by armed forces, but the political decision, with help and support of the was required. Extensive planning was required. My specialty came into that. So I have done my duty for the nation," the former said.

Parrikar also said that he had executed his job as a Defence Minister "pretty well", but added that a plum posting was never his calling.

"But I think when it came to matters of Goa, I decided that my destination is Right from the beginning I never thought of going to I was asked to come there and I did my job pretty well. I am satisfied with it," the said.



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First Published: Sat, July 14 2018. 13:24 IST