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Touchy topic for armed forces since October 2016 resolved; supremacy of military officers over civilian counterparts to be maintained.
तमाम घोषणाओं के बावजूद एक भी बड़ा प्रोजेक्ट शुरू नहीं हुआ है. लगभग एक साल हाथ में रह गया है, मोदी सरकार के पास 2019 में दिखाने लायक शायद बहुत नहीं हो.
Despite announcements almost every month, not one big project has taken off. With just about a year left, Modi govt unlikely to have much to showcase in 2019.
Govt release credits minister Sitharaman for promoting Make in India in defence sector; ministry sources say this could be because ‘final version’ has now been approved.
Two years after the special request made to hold aircraft for India, defence ministry committee clears signing of contract.
The code bars ministers from even being on advisory boards, but four ministers continue to advise the India Foundation, and the Cabinet Secy is silent.
Minister Nirmala Sitharama seeks to know why deemed licences not be given; DRDO asked for tech list for commercialisation.
Pakistan’s BAT team, notorious for beheading Indian soldiers, tried to push intruders; India says it won’t send troops to Afghanistan.
Even as India continues its big-ticket weapon buying spree, Sitharaman must address the key question of the soldier behind the machine, and the structure behind the soldier.
The plan has been sent back for pruning, because it would double India’s defence budget. Top Navy officials meet new minister Sitharaman to brief her. An elaborate plan drawn up by the Indian Navy to acquire new warships, aircraft, submarines and special equipment over the next five years has met with disapproval from the defence ministry. Officials have termed it ‘unrealistic’, given projected national growth and spending power. The five-year plan, which was submitted earlier this year by Navy HQ to the defence ministry, would have ended up more than doubling the Indian defence budget for capital acquisition, which currently stands at Rs 86,529 crore. Sources told ThePrint that the plan – which includes acquisition of new aircraft carrier-borne fighter jets – is unlikely to be cleared in the current form, as it would put a great burden on the exchequer, and would leave little money for the Army and the Air...