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CAG report flagging shortage of ammunition 'factually wrong': Nirmala Sitharaman

12 September 2017, 12:16 | Ken Black

At the flag-off ceremony of Navika Sagar Parikrama. Source Twitter

At the flag-off ceremony of Navika Sagar Parikrama. Source Twitter

Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman has chose to hold daily meetings with the three Service Chiefs and Defence Secretary in order to expedite the decision-making process in the government that take years to conclude a defence deal.

"Daily morning meetings with the three Service Chiefs and a separate daily meeting with the Defence Secretary have been formatted as a new practice for quick decision making", it said, adding, "Towards ensuring time bound and speedy disposal, it has been chose to hold DAC meetings (defence acquisition council) on a fortnightly basis".

Besides, to ensuring time bound and speedy disposal, she has also made a decision to hold meeting of top acquisition body of the ministry on a fortnightly basis. "To be among, these great, inspired and well motivated women sailors, who are going to take this challenge", she said.

Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman today dismissed as "factually wrong" a CAG report which had stated that the defence forces had ammunition that could last for 20 days in the event of a war, and asserted there was no dearth of weapons with the defence forces. Meetings of the DAC have so far been held once in a month, sometimes with bigger gaps than that between two meetings.

The defence minister had visited the frontline Uttarlai airbase in Barmer on Sunday. Her predecessors met the chiefs once a week.

According to statement by the defence ministry, other areas of focus would be settling all outstanding land related issues for infrastructure projects and matters relating to welfare of Defence personnel and their families.

Days after taking charge of the Defence Ministry, Nirmala Sitharaman is bringing in new changes to ensure no important issue misses her attention and decisions are taken quickly.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday also extended his good wishes to the all-women Indian Navy team.

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