Defence estates critical assets, need to be more cautiously protected from encroachment: Nirmala Sitharaman

Asserting that urbanisation is spreading at a “very fast” rate in cities, Union minister Nirmala Sitharaman Saturday said defence estate sare critical assets which need to be “more cautiously protected” against any kind of encroachment.

In her address at the Raksha Mantri Awards for Excellence 2018 hosted by the Directorate General of Defence Estate (DGDE) in Delhi, she also pitched for “greater coordination” between cantonment and municipal authorities to ensure no part of defence lands are lost to encroachments.

The categories in which these awards have been given are very critical to transform India to a civic-conscious, welfare-conscious, and public-conscious country, the defence minister said.

“Defence estates role is very important, and as important as the guarding of the borders of this sovereign country. And, I say with so much of seriousness, several lakhs of acreage fall under your (DGDE) control. In particular areas of cantonments, over 20 lakh citizens depend on it,” she said.

The minister said the area managed by the DGDE may be located in far, interior areas of the country, but it is very important to spread defence assets  Read More

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