PM reiterates Centre’s commitment to modernization of armed forces

December 10th, 2007 - 7:53 pm ICT by admin  

Dehradun, Dec 10 (ANI): Prime Minister Manmohan Singh today attended the Passing Out Parade of the Platinum Jubilee Course of the Indian Military Academy (IMA) here, and reiterated his government’s commitment to the modernization of the country’s armed forces.
“We will not shy away from investing whatever is required in the training and equipment of our armed forces,” he said in his address, and added that the armed forces must focus attention on improving efficiency of expenditure.
Stating that his government would make all sincere efforts for the better service conditions of armed forces so that it would continue to attract the best and brightest young men and young women of the country, the Prime Minister also stressed on increasing jointness in the armed forces.
“We need greater investment in jointness in thinking and functioning. Institutions like the Indian Military Academy, and other institutions of our armed forces, must develop the intellectual and organisational framework for such jointness in thinking and in action,” he said.
Singh lauded the armed forces for their unblemished record of professionalism and said that the Indian Army is a symbol and a proud example of the unity of India.
“Each one of you is a proud soldier of India willing to perform the supreme sacrifice for our Republic, without fear or favour, without any prejudice based on your ethnic, religious, linguistic, regional or caste identity. You are Indians first, and Indians last,” he said.
“It is your responsibility to strengthen the values of secularism, apolitical outlook and professionalism,” he added.
Singh, who is the first Prime Minister in the past 25 years to review the passing Out Parade at the IMA, congratulated the parents and guardians of the cadets, and said that the young men here are the creme-de-la-creme of India.
“Finally, let me remind them of their ideal, their duty, their Karma and their Dharma in one line, ‘For the honour of India’,” the Prime Minister concluded. (ANI)

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