Black money fight: Saying that the number of people paying taxes has radically increased in a period spanning just 3-4 months, FM Arun Jaitley said that the message from Centre has gone home loud and clear that it’s dangerous to deal in cash. Taking a dig at the previous Congress-led UPA government, FM Jaitley added, “We’ve completed 3 years in power and even now whether it is Karnataka or Bihar, the allegations of corruptions are of last government.”
FM Jaitley, while speaking on how to be decisive and show intent in getting the right things done in a fragmented polity, said, “If there is no consensus, then leadership is the art of forcing a decision, getting people on your side, then everybody else will follow.”
Defence Minister Jaitley also indicated the role being played by Prime Minister Narendra Modi in showcasing and actually putting on ground and even deploying the might of the armed forces, He said, “Army always had the ability but they needed a leader who would tell the Army to go ahead.”
Earlier in the day, the minister called for the need to make India a defence manufacturing hub, stressing that it is quite essential to deal with several security challenges, PTI said.
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“We cannot change our neighbours. And our neighbourhood has thrown up security challenges. We are facing insurgency and war for the last 70 years. Therefore, India needs to become an important defence manufacturing hub,” he was quoted as saying by the agency at the 9th Convocation of the Defence Institute of Advance Technology (DIAT).