He also cited that some time should be given to resolve the matter. "Now the small gaps are being filled. Give it some time for completion. In principle, the Prime Minister on August 15 (Independence Day speech) has given an approval. Now, PMO is directly involved...then by saying that do it in these many days will not help.

"All efforts are being made to solve the issue," Parrikar told reporters here on the sidelines of an event. Talks between agitating ex-servicemen and the government failed to make a headway yesterday in resolving sticky issues for OROP implementation. Asked about the shelling on the border by the Pakistani forces, the Defence Minister said the security forces are on 'alert' and taking action.

Earlier, addressing a conference, he said the defence industry can give a boost to the 'Make in India' campaign through micro, small and medium enterprises (MSMEs). "More than 40 percent of India's engineering exports are through MSMEs. But for them the defence sector is like a hurdle  due to stringent conditions because if one has to export goods, they have to be first sold locally. One has to develop the product first,” he added.

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