CDS Bipin Rawat said: If Indian industry supplies, then the import of soldiers' clothes will be banned.
CDS General Bipin Rawat said on Wednesday that if the Indian textile industry is able to supply the superior quality of cloth used in the army, then the import of these fabrics from abroad will be banned completely.
He said that if the Indian textile industry is able to prepare the uniforms of soldiers for the country's extreme heat and extreme cold weather, then the import of uniforms of the security forces will be completely banned.
In a program organized by FICCI, CDS General Rawat said - We need a cloth that suits the cold weather of Ladakh, the heat of the desert and the weather of the north-eastern region, where there are forests and small mountains. The General said that there is a large-scale import of clothes so far. But in the last one or two years, the Indian textile industry has produced a lot of new clothes especially for the high altitude areas. He said that orders are being given for these clothes. If these meet the standard, then all the cloth will be purchased from the country under the self-sufficient India campaign.
General Rawat said that we want to help the industry under self-reliant India provided that the industry can provide us with advanced type of cloth as per our need. If this happens, we will take all the clothes for the security forces from the Indian industry itself. Will exclude it from the negative list. This means that we will depend solely on the Indian industry for clothing, banning the import of clothing altogether.
101 items were banned on import of defense equipment
The government released a negative list for imports in August last year. Under which the purchase of 101 defense equipment was banned. These include light combat helicopters, transport ships, conventional submarines and cruise missiles. General Rawat said, as far as the defense services are concerned, there is a large scale consumption of techno textiles here. While our jawans are stationed at minus 50 degree Celsius during the cold days on the northern border, they do duty at 58 degree Celsius in the desert areas. We are not saying that one cloth should fulfill both the requirements.