The ongoing coronavirus crisis is the most challenging situation that the Narendra Modi government has faced in the past six years, said Defence Minister Rajnath Singh on Saturday.
“Definitely this (Covid-19 pandemic) is the most challenging situation that we have faced in the past six years,” Rajnath Singh, said in an exclusive interview to Aaj Tak.
Rajnath Singh said, “However, India is fortunate that today we have a leader who is capable of overcoming this challenge. Had it not been for PM Modi’s well-thought and timely decisions, our situation would have been much worse. Look at the coronavirus situation in the US.”
Refuting the Opposition’s criticism that the government’s decision of going for lockdown was ill-planned, he said the decision to go for lockdown was “a brave one” and was taken at the appropriate time.
Speaking about the achievements of the Defence Ministry in the past one year, as the Modi government 2.0, completes one year in office, Rajnath Singh said the creation of the post of the Chief of Defence Staff (CDS) is among the major achievements of his ministry.
“Attempts to improve coordination among the three services were being made for the past 10-15 years. But our government created the post of CDS at the earliest.”
The announcement for creation of the post of CDS was made in Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s Independence Day speech last year. Later in December, General Bipin Rawat became India’s first Chief of Defence Staff.