India Will Stop Importing 101 Weapons And Platforms, Declares Rajnath Singh

Defence Minister Rajnath Singh took the Atmanirbhar Bharat scheme to the defence sector with his announcement that India would stop imports.

Jessica David

August 11, 2020

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What is the roadmap to achieve the idea of Atmanirbhar Bharat? Defence and Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) Chief Dr G Satheesh Reddy tells us. On Sunday (August 9), Defence Minister Rajnath Singh took the Atmanirbhar Bharat scheme to the defence sector with his announcement that India would stop imports of 101 weapons and platforms. The moratorium on the selected defence imports begins in December this year and will continue for five years. The objective is to bolster the domestic defence sector, which showed some progress.

In the last financial year, the domestic defence sector showed progress despite an indifferent outcome of big Make in India projects. Rajnath Singh said it is time for India to make more indigenous weapons, to make the country self-reliant. Addressing an event to mark the ‘Atma Nirbhar Saptah,’ the minister pointed out that necessary steps would be taken to make the country self-reliant in defence structure, investment infrastructure, manufacturing of weapons in the future.

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