Union Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar was in Hoshiarpur to inaugurate War Memorial and conduct BJP workers meet on the completion of two years of Modi government
Hoshiarpur: Union Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar on Tuesday said that the much awaited public demand of domestic flights from Adampur Air Force station was all set to get an approval in the month of July.
Parrikar said that initially the Indian Air Force (IAF) authorities had raised some problems but now the Ministry of Defence (MoD) has finally granted No Objection Certificates (NOC) for domestic flights. Earlier, issuing NOCs was a major hurdle. “A meeting of the Airport Authority of India (AAI) and the Air India would be held next month (July) after which the green signal would be issued for the domestic flights from Adampur Air Force station”, Parrikar said.
The Defence Minister lauded Union Minister of State for Social Welfare and Empowerment cum Hoshiarpur MP Vijay Sampla for leading the demand of Adampur Air Base strip open for domestic flights in the region.
The ex-Goa Chief Minister was here in Hoshiarpur for ‘Vikas Parv’ being celebrated by the Prime Minister Narendra Modi led BJP government on the completion of two years in the centre across the country.
To a query pertaining to phasing out of MiG-27 jets from the Indian Air Force, the Defence Minister said that the MoD was regularly phasing out the outdated jets. On Monday, a MiG-27 jet crashed in Jodhpur, with the pilot ejecting safely. “The MoD was phasing out outdated MiG-27 every year and it was a continuous process”, he added.
When confronted that whether the outdated MiG-27 jets were to be phased out in the year 2018, Parrikar evaded a direct reply and said, “No fighter jet could be 100 percent accident free and the chances of air crashes were always there due to various factors. Rather the MiG-27 crashes have reduced in the past some years, as the rate of accidents was 0.23 percent per 10,000 flying hours. The total flying hours of MiG-27 was 2, 70,000 every year”, he added.
The Defence Minister also elaborated that a single fighter jet cost between Rs 300 to Rs 700 crore and that the MoD has eased out the Defence Procurement system. “The Government of India has taken enough steps to curb major deficiency in defence procurement”, he maintained.
Further, answering a query about terror among the local residents after orders of ‘Shoot at Sight’ at Pathankot Air Base were issued, Parrikar said, “At a time when ‘alert’ has been sounded, any unauthorized person roaming or trying to sneak into the Pathankot Air Base would bear the brunt. These orders were meant to be implemented 365 days X 24 hours.”
About the acute shortage of uniforms faced by the NCC Cadets in all the directorates in the country, Parrikar said that the matter was in his notice and instructions have been issued this year to ensure that uniforms were distributed well on time. Notably, NCC cadets had been facing a severe problem of uniform shortage in educational institutions forcing many of them to exchange uniforms for parade rehearsals and drills.
Earlier in the day, Manohar Parrikar dedicated the newly constructed Rs 18 lakh War Memorial in Hoshiarpur to the public. “After independence, 567 persons who achieved martyrdom and 465, who got bravery awards were from Hoshiarpur district alone”, he said while interacting with the family members of the soldiers.
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