Manohar Par­rikar takes over as the new De­fence Min­is­ter


Manohar Gopalkr­ishna Prabhu Par­rikar, who took charge as the new De­fence Min­is­ter said, he would main­tain the fast pace of ac­qui­si­tion set in mo­tion by the gov­ern­ment for the de­fence forces while en­sur­ing trans­parency at ev­ery stage.

Tak­ing over as the 36th De­fence Min­is­ter of the coun­try, Par­rikar said, his pre­de­ces­sor Arun Jait­ley has ini­ti­ated work on many is­sues re­lat­ing to de­fence de­spite sev­eral con­straints and that he is con­fi­dent of tak­ing th­ese steps for­ward with speed. Par­rikar ex­pressed his thanks to the Prime Min­is­ter Naren­dra Modi for repos­ing con­fi­dence in him and en­trust­ing him with this im­por­tant and sen­si­tive min­istry.

Re­fer­ring to the ‘Make in In­dia’ drive of the gov­ern­ment, Par­rikar said, the mea­sure will not only lead to self-re­liance in de­fence man­u­fac­tur­ing but also gen­er­ate em­ploy­ment and would ul­ti­mately con­trib­ute to eco­nomic de­vel­op­ment.

Par­rikar ex­pressed his an­guish at the sink­ing of a naval ves­sel off the Coast of Visakha­p­at­nam and the ear­lier in­ci­dent of an ex­plo­sion in a sub­ma­rine.

Par­rikar was born in Ma­pusa, Goa, on De­cem­ber 13, 1955. He stud­ied at Loy­ola High School, Mar­gao and com­pleted his sec­ondary ed­u­ca­tion in Marathi. He grad­u­ated from the In­dian In­sti­tute of Tech­nol­ogy (IIT), Bom­bay, in 1978 in Me­tal­lur­gi­cal En­gi­neer­ing. He was awarded by the in­sti­tute with Dis­tin­guished Alum­nus Award in 2001.

Be­fore be­ing in­ducted into the Union Coun­cil of Min­is­ters on Novem­ber 9, 2014, he was the Chief Min­is­ter of Goa, first from 2000 to 2005 and later from March 2012 to Novem­ber 2014. Manohar Par­rikar is the first IIT grad­u­ate to be­come a Chief Min­is­ter of any In­dian state.

Manohar Par­rikar is cred­ited with sin­gle­hand­edly bring­ing the In­ter­na­tional Film Fes­ti­val of In­dia (IFFI) to Goa and cre­at­ing more in­ter­na­tional qual­ity in­fra­struc­ture for the event in a short time than any other pre­vi­ous gov­ern­ment. He was in­stru­men­tal in ini­ti­at­ing var­i­ous so­cial up­lift­ment schemes like Dayanand Sa­ma­jik Su­rak­sha Yo­jana, which pro­vides fi­nan­cial as­sis­tance to se­nior cit­i­zens, the Cy­ber­age Scheme which pro­vides com­put­ers to stu­dents, Chief Min­is­ter Ro­j­gar Yo­jana, etc.

Known to be a man of ac­tion and prin­ci­ples, Par­rikar is known as ‘Mr. Clean’ in Goa.

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