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Sitharaman to hold daily meeting with service chiefs, Defence Secretary

Sitharaman to hold daily meeting with service chiefs, Defence Secretary

It has also been chose to have the meetings of the Defence Acquisition Council - the highest decision making the body in the ministry, chaired by the minister - in every fortnight, the defence ministry said in a statement on Monday.

A whole range of meetings have been scheduled with the Army, Air Force and Navy chiefs to review defence preparedness and allied issues of strategic interests, and the minister will now meet the three chiefs as well as the Defence Secretary every day to facilitate "quick decision making", the statement said.

Besides, to ensuring time bound and speedy disposal, she has also chose to hold meeting of top acquisition body of the ministry on a fortnightly basis. Ms Sitharaman is the first Defence Minister to visit the base since George Fernandes had last visited the base in 2001. It includes the defence secretary, senior officers of the armed forces and is chaired by the minister. The DAC is the nodal body within the defence ministry which is expected to clear the acquisition of big-ticket items like 100 new single engine jet fighters the Indian Air Force is looking to acquire, a new indigenous aircraft carrier the Navy is considering or any other significant new contracts. The defence minister was apprised of the role of the airbase and the nature of its operations, the IAF said.

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In a move that signals a new era of women's empowerment for the armed forces, newly-appointment Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman on Sunday flagged off an all-women Navy team in Panaji attempting to circumnavigate the globe. Her predecessors met the chiefs once a week.

Speaking to the media later, Sitharaman said that wherever needed the Defence Ministry will be more than willing to support and encourage women to take up opportunities in the Defence.

Sitharaman was elevated to the cabinet rank on Sunday and given the defence portfolio. She said that after taken the charge she met the Prime Minister and NSA and to discus India's military preparedness.


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