New Delhi, Nov 20: The government has “zero tolerance” for militancy and it is determined to flush out militants from Kashmir, Minister of State for Defence Subhash Bhamre said Monday.
Bhamres comments came two days after the security forces killed six Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) militants, including the nephew of Mumbai attack mastermind Zaki-ur Rehman Lakhvi, in north Kashmirs Bandipora district.
“Our policy is clear. There is zero tolerance for militancy. We are going to stop cross border infiltration of militants. Our Army is trying to flush out militancy from the Valley,” he told reporters on the sidelines of an event.
Earlier, speaking at a gathering of defence attaches of around 70 countries and captains of Indias defence industry, Bhamre said the government has been “tirelessly” working towards making up for critical shortages of the armed forces.
He said policies are now being framed to make procurement and acquisition of defence platforms “fast and transparent”.
The minister said the government was spending billions of dollars on acquisitions from abroad and 20 to 25 per cent reduction in imports could directly create additional jobs in India.
“This is why defence is at the heart of our Make in India programme. We have reformed our defence procurement policies and procedures,” he said.
Bhamre said there is now clear preference for equipment manufactured in India.
“Our procurement procedures will ensure simplicity, accountability and speedy decision making,” he said.