Home > News > India News

Cameron bats for AugustaWestland

Posted on Feb 19, 04:29PM | IBNS

Mumbai, Feb 19 : British Prime Minister David Cameron, who is visiting Mumbai as a part of his three-day official visit to India, on Monday said he will ensure that AugustaWestland continues to retain its reputation here.

This is Cameron's second trip to India which comes in when the nation is caught up in the alleged scam involving kickbacks in the Rs 3600 crore purchase deal of VVIP choppers from UK based AugustaWestland, the Anglo-Italian helicopter company owned by Italy's Finmeccanica.

"The owner of AugustaWestland is an Italian company Finmeccanica. This is an issue between the Indian authorities and the Italian authorities to settle. My interest is just to make sure AugustaWestland, which is a good company, the best company in England...(who) makes good helicopters, continue to have a good name," he told NDTV.

Cameron, who is scheduled to meet his Indian counterpart Manmohan Singh on Tuesday to seek new partnership opportunities said he eyed the education and health sector to tie up with in India.

Speaking on Singh, he said,"We have a very frank and candid relationship."

He also told the channel that all politicians face challenges and India is no exception but given the large amount of opportunities and the enormous resource of young generation, India has vast economic opportunities.

"Britain now needs to look beyond Europe and think why can't we do better in restoring old friendships and making new friendships," he told the channel and added," The signs are good. Britain is one of the top European investors in India."

Speaking to the channel on the education sector, he said," When we became the government, we closed down all the bogus colleges attracting people from not only India but from all over the world."

He said the students were enrolled in those colleges to not really study but to deliver unskilled labour.

"I want bright Indian graduates, who wants choice of universities...to chose Britain universities," he said.

He also asserted that there will be "no limits" for Indian students having English language as a subject to study in British universities.

He ensured that the offer was attractive as the students would receive a place to stay and have a graduate job.

"The point is not simply to benefit our universities. But if your students come to my country and if my students go to your country, they (would) want to work together, they (would) want to create business together, they (would) want to share experiences together and that's how they'll succeed in the modern world," he told the channel.

The British Prime Minister also said he would look into quality immigration to facilitate Indian students.