The Defence Minister Rajnath Singh on Friday has said that the scientists in the country do not get enough respect that they deserve for their work and contribution towards the development of the country. The Minister was speaking at an event at the Defence Research and Development Establishment (DRDE) in Gwalior. He also mentioned that young scientists are an important asset of the country and should be rewarded adequately.
Speaking at the event, the Defence Minister said, "People are not aware of the contribution of the scientists. The scientists do not get the respect they deserve while other people take that respect that our scientists deserve. Apart from the major awards that are given to scientists for their work, young scientists are important assets of our future and they should be rewarded."
Rajnath Singh also mentioned that the contribution of the scientists is no less than of Army, Navy, and Airforce and they play an important role in protecting our country as well. "You are doing great service to the nation. If Army, Navy, and Airforce play an important role in protecting the country, the scientists have no lesser role. Indeed they have the biggest contribution," said Singh. He also added, "I am sure that the scientific community would continuously look into future, establish higher and higher goals and then work with full commitment and passion and achieve greater heights with each passing year."
Delighted to witness the hard work and perseverance of the scientists and technicians working at the DRDE facility in Gwalior.— Rajnath Singh (@rajnathsingh) September 20, 2019
This DRDE lab is one of its kinds in the country. Its contribution to strengthen national security is noteworthy and highly commendable. pic.twitter.com/XhGqIX9TaL
Earlier on Thursday, Defence Minister Rajnath Singh said that India needs to focus more on research and development (R&D) and innovation as it will help the country in becoming self-reliant in defence production."In order to achieve the desired objective, we have to become self-reliant in defence production and this can only happen through more R&D, innovation, and creation of cutting-edge technologies in the defence sector," the Minister said.
Singh also inaugurated the Engineers' Conclave 2019 as well as Product Development and Innovation Centre at the premises of the Bharat Electronics Limited (BEL). "The Indian defence industry in the past had not performed to its full potential, which has led to the country's overwhelming dependence on imported arms," he said during his speech at BEL.
(with ANI inputs)