Before the new Defense Minister Manohar Parrikar holds the first meeting of his Defense Acquisitions Council on Friday, Air Vice Marshal (retired) Manmohan Bahadur has some ideas on energizing Indian defense industry.
A former JAG officer writes to Defense Minister Manohar Parrikar, asking him to ensure ‘Indian Military Veterans like me command respect and dignity in my own country too, just as we do, ironically, in other democracies’.
Veterans are angry at the reemployment of the official in the Pensions Division because he is perceived to have acted against their interests and is now being paid a salary from the Armed Forces Flag Day Fund, meant for veterans’ welfare.
Carter is looking at the Indian defense ministry to make it easier for US companies to do business with it and wants resolution of issues related to offsets, limitation of liability and delays in decision-making.
The failure to consider the order by the DAC has wider implications as it is unlikely that any decision can be taken on this order by October 15, after which the value of the deal will see a 37 percent hike.