Sir, I should like to thank the hon. members who have participated in this debate and I would like to being by saying that I am sorry that I could not be present on Friday when some hon, members spoke. but I have gone through speeches and I have taken all the points that they have made.
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Sir the debate was very constructive and I would like to thank the hon. members for their very valuable suggestions from both sides of the house. And it was clear that their intention was to strengthen the defence of the country and to see that the defence expenditure is put to the best use. These were the two underlying considerations which were weighing with the hon. Members who spoke.
Many hon. Members have referred to our brave soldiers and have referred to them in flowing terms. I would like to associate myself with these sentiments. And I would also like to thank all those who were involved in seeing that the Army, the Navy and the Air Force function effectively because behind every soldier there are production units, there are scientists, there are administrators, there is the whole army of people supporting the Defence Forces and all of them must today be thanked and their role must be acknowledged. I do not want to go into the different areas about which people spoke.
Sir, there were some points some discordant notes I would call them not on but there were some. I can only say that if there is some misunderstanding, some misinformation, some misconception, some failure on the part of the Government to put across its point, then we would acknowledge, we would accept it and we would learn from mistakes and if there is misinformation on the part of the hon. Members, we can hope to rectify it. All of us are aware that there are interested parties in our country and there are interested countries abroad, who could like to see the progress of India slowed down, who are not easy at the thought of India rising to its full stature and its full power and who, therefore, lose no opportunity of trying to demoralize us as a people, who refer to our Army and say that the quality of our soldiers is not good, their performance is not good, and that our scientists and technologists are doing second rate work.
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