Scientists must promote indigenous technology

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Bangalore, Jun 14 (UNI) Defence Minister A K Antony today exhorted scientists and defence establishments in the country not to be over dependent on foreign countries for cutting edge technologies but promote indigenous technology.

Addressing scientists of the Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) after inaugurating the new campus of the Defence Avionics Research Establishment (DARE) here, he said ''Such a tendency might land the country and the armed forces in deep trouble in crucial times in the form of various factors such as import restrictions, technology denial or even undue and unjustified delay in delivery of already contracted systems or components.'' The government would go all out to support the scientists who achieved self reliance in cutting edge technologies,'' he said.

He urged the scientists to evolve ways to utilise modern technology to reduce further the stress on the troops.

The government would not allow resources to be a constraint. It should be ensured that various resources such as human, financial and technological were not frittered away, he added MORE UNI SR MSP VV HS AS1949

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