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Manmohan Singh: Government maintains utmost probity in defence deal

 New Delhi, May 24 (): Laying foundation of the Indian National Defence University in Gurgaon, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh on Thursday stated that the government will continue seeking the highest standards of goodness in defence deals.

Claiming that armed forces have the best equipment, the Prime Minister said the government after focusing on sound defence acquisition policies decided to rehabilitate them. He further added saying that the government is fully aware of the fact that adequate defence attentiveness was critically dependent on sound defence acquisition policies. Mr Singh claimed that his government has been motivating of making defence acquisition transparent, smooth, resourceful and less at risk to immoral practices.

The country should make full use of the sophisticated management and technological capacities which exist in the private sectors, not just for manufacturing purpose but for defence investigation and further enlargement, said the Prime Minister. He assured that the country’s deterrence potential has developed for the past nine years and the country is fully prepared to deal with non-conventional threats, especially in the cyber and space domains.

The government is trying to put into practice a national architecture for cyber security and has planned to create an office of a national cyber security coordinator, said Prime Minister Manmohan Singh.

Expressing gratification, the Prime Minister said that India’s security had never been stronger in the past as it is today including country’s international relationship that has been more favorable to our national development efforts.

 The Prime Minister was addressing after laying the foundation stone on the outskirts of Haryana Township next to the Delhi. He also assured for more contribution from military and security experts in framing deliberate strategy.The event was attended by Defense Minister AK Antony including Haryana governor Jagannath Pahadia, forien minister Salman Khurshid and Social justice and empowerement minister Kumari Seila.

Responding to the alleged kickbacks for purchasing 12 VVIP helicopters from Agusta Westland by the defence ministry, Singh said that it is being probed by the Central Bureau of Investigation.

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