India should have a full time defence minister says Congress leader Shantaram Naik

Vastavam web:  Goa’s lone Rajya Sabha MP Shantaram Naik today said India needs a “full time” defence minister considering the threat perception to the nation from the neighbouring countries.”The threats given by China and the killings of our soldiers on the border with Pakistan demand that India should have a full time defence minister,” the Congress leader said.Finance Minister Arun Jaitley took additional charge of the Defence Ministry in March after incumbent defence minister Manohar Parrikar stepped down to go back to Goa as Chief Minister.

“The absence of a full time defence minister, with one bureaucrat, Ajit Doval (the National Security Advisor), running the defence ministry, has further encouraged the Chinese to believe that India cannot do anything beyond empty rhetoric,” he alleged.