Chief of Defence Staff Gen. Bipin Rawat was a strong votary for Atma Nirbhar in Defence Production and was instrumental in starting indigenous production of many arms and equipment within the country, CM Basavaraj Bommai said
Speaking to media persons at Vidhana Soudha he said, Gen. Rawat had a big role in inspiring DRDO and other organisations to excel in their achievements in defence production. Apart from innovation and development of modern weapon systems and equipment, he pushed for transfer of technology to encourage participation of private sector also in defence production.
The nation is shocked at the tragic accident that snatched the life of Gen.Rawat who was the head of all the three wings of armed forces. IAF is conducting an inquiry into the mishap. Gen Rawat always led from the front, Bommai said.
Gen Rawat had shown unprecedented tough stand on many issues related India’s security. His strong posture against China during the recent border stand-off had compelled Chinese troops to retreat. The nation needed his leadership for the years ahead too, Bommai said
Recognising his service and dedication Prime Minister Modi had appointed him the CDS. It is not just the defence forces, the entire country has lost a great leader. His life story is inspirational. Our children should be taught about his patriotism and sacrifices, Bommai said.
Gen Rawat had a close association with Karnataka, especially about Kodagu. He was all praise for Gen.Cariappa and Gen.Thimmaiah in his address whenever he spoke, Bommai said.