A free hand had been given to the armed forces by the Narendra Modi government to retaliate in the event of terrorist attacks and cross-border strikes, unlike the "weak-kneed responses" of the previous regimes, said Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh on Saturday.
Singh, who was in Bihar’s Gaya to attend a function organised by an association of primary school teachers, also claimed the country was making steady economic progress under the NDA regime and was well on course in making it to the list of the top three economies of the world within a decade.
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"Gone are the days when the governments in the country used to raise a white flag whenever troops from Pakistan launched attacks in violation of ceasefire. Now the policy is one bullet fired from the other side would be retaliated with 100 bullets," the home minister said.
"Terrorism is an international problem. All countries are facing its brunt. But we have told our armed forces not to worry about ammunition and resources while thwarting terrorist attacks and responding to cross-border firing and shelling," he added.
On the economic front, efforts were made to strengthen the country, Singh said.
"India was the ninth largest economy in the world before we took over and now it is in the sixth position. We can assure you that it will be among the top three by 2030," he said.
Union minister Ashwani Kumar Choubey and Rashtriya Lok Samta Party MP Arun Kumar were among those who attended the event.
Singh also visited the Mahabodhi Temple, a world heritage site, in Bodh Gaya, which is believed to be the place where Gautama Buddha had attained enlightenment.