Major Shake Up Being Given To Defence Ministry: Nirmala Sitharaman

Nirmala Sitharaman

NEW DELHI:  A “shake up” is being given to the defence ministry to speed up various acquisition projects, ensure transparency and clear backlogs for key programmes, Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman today said.

In an address to an industry chamber, she also said the government is seriously examining functioning of around 39 ordnance factories and possible ways to boost their productivity including through joining of hands by the private sector.

She said the efforts are on to ensure that the defence acquisition council (DAC) clears all the backlog relating to various procurement by December 31, emphasising that speeding up of decision making process has been one of her focus areas.

The DAC is defence ministry’s highest decision making body on procurement.

“There is a sense of making sure that every aspect of this large ministry is given a shake up,” Ms Sitharaman said, adding the aim is to make a difference so that the ministry, which was sort of a cocooned, do things in a faster and transparent way.