Defence reforms will make India global powerhouse in coming times: Rajnath

Prime News, National (New Delhi), June 8L0 Expressing confidence about the reforms in the defence sector, Defence Minister Rajnath Singh said on Monday that these reforms will make India a global powerhouse in the times to come.

Addressing a gathering during the launch of an e-booklet, he said the booklet is a reflection of the resolve of the government, under the leadership of Prime Minister Narendra Modi, to make the defence sector stronger and more efficient,

The e-booklet, titled ’20 Reforms in 2020′, provides a brief overview of defence reforms undertaken in the year by the Ministry to bring about greater cohesion and modernisation of the armed forces through policy changes, innovation and digital transformation.

Reforms also focused on ‘Aatma Nirbhar Bharat’, increased collaboration with industry to boost defence exports, measures to accelerate defence acquisitions with greater transparency, digital transformation, strengthening of border infrastructure, increased participation of women in armed forces, transformation in research and development to boost innovation, expansion of NCC to remote locations, and aid extended to the civil administration in the fight against Covid-19.

Rajnath Singh also mentioned the appointment of India’s first Chief of Defence Staff (CDS) and the creation of the Department of Military Affairs (DMA) as one of the major decisions taken by the government.

The post of CDS was created to increase efficiency and coordination among the armed forces and reduce duplication, while the DMA was established to ensure improved civil-military integration.

To promote ‘Make in India’ in defence sector, a list of 101 items was notified in August 2020, a 52,000 crore budget earmarked for indigenously-made defence equipment in 2020-21, and corporatisation of the Ordnance Factory Board (OFB) approved in May 2020 for greater efficiency and productivity, the ministry stated.

It also said that there was an unprecedented push towards new technology developments.

Bharat Electronics Ltd (BEL) developed a ventilator in record time to meet Covid-19 requirements in May 2020. In November 2020, the Quick Reaction Surface to Air Missile, indigenously designed & developed by the DRDO, hit the bullseye at medium range and medium height, while indigenously built Pinaka rocket system cleared test of 45-60 km range. (MR, Inputs: Agencies).

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