National Desk: Defense Secretary Ajay Kumar said on Thursday that no one is threatened by the rise of India and the country is not afraid of anyone. He said that for the national interest it is necessary that there is stability in the neighborhood of the country. Kumar said, "It is important for our maritime and national interest to maintain stability in our immediate neighborhood and establish a rule-based system not only in the Indian Ocean but in the Indo-Pacific region." Manohar Parrikar In a webinar organized from India, he said, "India's rise is not a threat to anyone, nor are we afraid of anyone."
Ajay Kumar said that India's defense relations are based on the principle of a free, open and rule-based system to ensure economic growth, thereby fulfilling the aspirations of 130 crore people of India and two hundred crore people of the region. He said, “In recent years, we have collaborated with like-minded nations and signed some important agreements that will promote cohesion and operations. The recently concluded Malabar (military) exercise is an example of our international cooperation. "
The Defense Secretary said that the expenditure on human resources in the Indian Armed Forces is increasing very fast and it is necessary to control it. Kumar said, "We are looking at different ways to do this so that we can work at a lower cost, are looking for ways to reduce costs and use technology." He said that while the budget of other ministries was cut in the era of Kovid-19 epidemic, the budget of the Ministry of Defense was not allowed to be affected.