Chennai (Tamil Nadu) [India], Aug. 28 (ANI): Defense Minister Rajnath Singh said on Saturday that the country has a great opportunity to become an indigenous shipbuilding hub and that the government has introduced policies that will help the domestic industry to become world-class actors.
Speaking at the ceremony in Chennai today for the commissioning of the Indian Coast Guard vessel Vigraha, the Defense Minister said: to reach 2.1 trillion US dollars. Most countries don’t even have this level of budget for a whole year! “
“In such a situation, we now have great latitude to fully utilize our capabilities, leverage policies and move forward towards transforming the country into an indigenous shipbuilding hub. I am happy to say that given these possibilities, the government has already brought in such policies which help our national industry, whether they are public or private sector entities, to become world class players ”, said the minister.
Singh added, “Today, as we celebrate the 75th anniversary of our independence, we pledge to move forward to fulfill the dreams of our national heroes and ancestors, the great men.”
“The” ALH “manufactured by HAL can also be used on this vessel. I see this as a symbol of how the government, the coast guard and the public and private sectors can together protect the integrity and sovereignty of this vessel. country. Friends, the journey that started from ‘Vikram’ between the MoD, Coast Guard and L&T reached ‘Vigraha’ today via ‘Vijay’, ‘Veer’, ‘Varaha’, ‘ Varad ‘and’ Vajra ‘, “the defense minister said.
Speaking of the word ‘Vigraha’, the Minister said: “The word ‘Vigraha’ has very beautiful interpretations in our texts. On the other hand, it has also been interpreted to mean” the specific servitude of one’s duty and obligations “.
“I am firmly convinced that our ‘Vigraha’, completely freed from the shackles of any kind of challenge, and having specific bonds of service and duties towards the nation, will become an effective guard dog of the coastal borders of our country,” he said.
Earlier today, he praised the efforts of the Indian Coast Guard and said: “I am happy to note that over the past two years, in cooperation with our neighboring countries, the Coast Guard has recovered goods. worth over 10,000 crore rupees, while dealing with smuggling activities. “
“In the 2008 report on the ocean and the law of the sea, the UN Secretary-General described seven specific threats to maritime security. These include piracy, terrorism, illicit trafficking in arms and drugs, human trafficking, illegal fishing and environmental damage, “Singh said.
“All of these activities are also responsible for negatively affecting our maritime domain as they are everywhere else. Likewise, in today’s interconnected world, activities that take place in any part of the world inevitably have a impact on other parts of the world. By overcoming the challenges of India’s coastal areas, you play an important role not only in the regional interest but also in the realization of global interests, “he said.
Speaking about relations with other countries, Singh said, “Today the world is changing very rapidly. Economic, political and trade relations between countries are constantly fluctuating. Nothing can be said about the upcoming news from another country.”
“Our country cannot remain insensitive to these developments. This is all the more true for a country like ours, being a country whose interests are directly linked to the Indian Ocean”, he declared.
The Minister further said: “The Indian Ocean region, with more than two-thirds of global oil shipments, one-third of bulk cargo and more than half of container traffic, is a key route for the achievement of interests of the world. . “
“The changes that are taking place in the world often become a matter of concern for us. As a nation, we must keep our guards high in these times of uncertainty and upheaval in the world. For the sake of global security, to border disputes and maritime domination, Countries around the world are moving towards modernization and strengthening of their military power. The demand for military equipment continues to increase, “he said.
The Indian Coast Guard (ICG) Vigraha, the seventh in the Offshore Patrol Vessels (OPV) series, was commissioned by Rajnath Singh in Chennai today. The ship will be based in Visakhapatnam, Andhra Pradesh and will operate on the east coast under the operational and administrative control of the Commander of the Coast Guard Region (East). (ANI)