Hailing the Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s big announcement of Mission Shakti a big achievement, Finance Minister Arun Jaitley accused that though Indian scientists had the capability a decade ago, the then government didn’t give its approval so we couldn’t accomplish Mission Shakti before. He said Congress leaders who were patting themselves on the back for this achievement must remember that.
Jaitley said when India had test-fired the Agni-V missile in April, 2012, then DRDO chief V K Saraswat had said that India could now develop an anti-satellite missile but the government had not given its nod.
Dismissing the Congress leaders claim that project had begun during the UPA rule under Dr Manmohan Singh, he asserted that the process began in 2014 and PM Narendra Modi deserves credit for the same. He added that the biggest feature of the missile was that it was indigenous technology. At the same time, Jaitley clarified, that it would be used for the country’s defence, as a deterrent.
India is a responsible acquirer of nuclear technology…these are for our defence and the world knows our commitment towards peace, he added.