Defence deals were delayed due to lobbying, vested interest and kickbacks: Manohar Parrikar

Calling the Chinese intrusions into Indian territory minor incidents, the newly-appointed Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar on Wednesday said that the government is tackling them on day-to-day basis.

Last Updated: Nov 12, 2014, 23:31 PM IST
Defence deals were delayed due to lobbying, vested interest and kickbacks: Manohar Parrikar

New Delhi: Calling the Chinese intrusions into Indian territory minor incidents, the newly-appointed Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar on Wednesday said that the government is tackling them on day-to-day basis.

“The intrusions by Chinese troops into Arunachal Pradesh are minor incidents. We are handling them on daily basis,” PTI quoted him as saying.

Hinting at shortcoming of the previous UPA government while handling defence deals, Parrikar said the majority of such deals are stuck up due to lobbying, vested interest and kickbacks.

He further added that India does not need to worry about either Pakistan or China, but has to focus on its defence capabilities.

“I've been bestowed with the responsibility to take care of defence forces' needs. I'll make sure that all the defence deals, which are needed on priority, are fast-tracked,” said he.

Soon after taking charge of Defence Ministry on November 09, 2014, Parrikar had assured that there will be transparency and speedy acquisition of critical equipment.

(With PTI inputs)