Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday attacked the Congress for “compromising with the security of the country and the life of the jawans” by denying the armed forces modern rifles, bullet proof jackets, Howitzer guns and even creating hurdles in acquiring Rafale fighter jets.
PM Modi announced the beginning of production of the modern assault rifle in the Kalashnikov series AK-203 in Amethi’s ordnance factory at Korwa. Being produced under an Indo-Russian joint venture signed between the countries to manufacture 750,000 such assault rifles which would be given to the army’s infantry troops.
Speaking on the occasion at a public rally at Korwa, Gauriganj, PM Modi said Amethi is to get a new identity as the armed forces will soon be using made in Amethi modern rifles.
“The previous government neglected the security of the country and jawans. In 2009 the armed forces demanded 1.86 lakh bulletproof jackets for the jawans for which my government finally placed an order to supple 2.20 lakh bullet proof jackets.”
“Today in Amethi, I ask you who were these people who made the armed forces wait for modern rifles and bulletproof jackets,” he said.
Declaring that the Rafale jets would soon be in the skies of the country, PM Modi charged the previous government of not negotiating the Rafael deal as their intention was not right.