The defence minister promised a “bang and ended with a whimper”, senior Congress leader P Chidambaram said on Sunday after Rajnath Singh’s announced a ban on the import of 101 items.
The Congress leader’s comments came after defence ministerRajnath Singh said that the government’s stepwill give a push to Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s ‘Atmanirbhar Bharat Abhiyan’ or Self-Reliant India Mission.
“The only importer of defence equipment is the Defence Ministry. Any import embargo is really an embargo on oneself. What the Defence Minister said in his historic Sunday announcement deserved only an Office Order from the Minister to his Secretaries!” Chidambaram tweeted.
“Import Embargo is high sounding jargon. What it means is we will try to make the same equipment (that we import today) in 2 to 4 years and stop imports thereafter!” the Congress leader added.
Singh had said while announcing the development on Twitter that it would be abig step towards self-reliance in defence.
Artillery guns, missile destroyers, ship-borne cruise missiles, light combat aircraft, light transport aircraft, long-range land-attack cruise missiles, communication satellites, basic trainer aircraft, multi-barrel rocket launchers, a variety of radars, assault rifles, sniper rifles, mini UAVs and differen