On Thursday, Defense Minister Rajnath Singh discussed defense acquisition issues with top officials of the ministry and directed them to seek indigenous solutions to meet the forces’ requirements to the extent possible.

Defense cooperation activities with friendly foreign countries (FCCs), were also reviewed by Mr. Singh. He also discussed the policy matters related to defense diplomacy, including bilateral, multilateral exercises, capacity building, training, and material assistance to FFCs.

In the meeting, there were present many top officials of the Ministry of Defense including Defence Secretary Sanjay Mitra. The defense ministry said that “The Defence Minister also reviewed defense acquisition issues. He was briefed about Defence Procurement Procedures (DPP), budget utilization, major procurements and challenges therein.”

“The present status of procurements and payments were also briefed along with implications of major deals with countries. He directed officials to seek indigenous solutions for meeting the forces’ requirements to the extent possible,” it added.

Several agencies which were approved by the Cabinet Committee on security this year, such as the Head Quarters Integrated Defence Services and Defence Cyber Agency, Defence Space Agency and Armed Forces Special Forces Division, were briefed by the defense minister along with briefing about the planning activities of the armed forces.

He was briefed about the Defence Planning Committee, set up in 2018. The officials of the Department of Ex-Servicemen Welfare and Mr. Singh talked over the issues of the ex-servicemen welfare. Moreover, G Satheesh Reddy, the chairman of the Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) briefed Rajnath Singh about its “Make in India” initiative.

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