Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman has said that India is not keen on treading on the path of war but minced no words in making it clear that the Army is ever-ready for any circumstance.
M Sitharaman was talking to media after inspecting Gwalior-based Maharapura Air Base. She was accompanied by Air Marshal SBP Sinha and Air Commodore HA Rathore. “The Centre is taking all the steps necessary from the security point of view. The Defence Ministry and the Home Ministry are working in coordination with each other in order to find solutions to problems concerning infiltration and cross-border firing,” she said while replying to a query. Pointing out that the Army is achieving greater success in eliminating terrorists, Sitharaman – while replying to a query related to the posting of women on frontiers – said that she has not seen the related file so far.
She said that the participation of women has increased in the Army. On the failure of indigenously-developed Howitzer guns, she said that she did not possess much details in this regard. She said that the process of purchase of Rafale fighter planes from France is in progress. Speaking about the issue of equal pay, the Defence Minister said that the matter has come before her and would be deliberated upon.