Defence Minister Rajnath Singh convened a meeting of senior officers of the Ministry of Defence on Friday to review operational matters and procurement issues of the Armed Forces. During the meeting, he discussed important revenue procurement cases regarding maintenance of platforms and assets with the Armed Forces.
He was briefed by the officers regarding ongoing infrastructure projects and plans for future upgrades. The Union Minister also reviewed working and various matters related to the Indian Coast Guard.
On Thursday, the Union Defence Minister was made a part of six out of the eight Cabinet committees. Furthermore, he will be heading the Cabinet Committee on Parliamentary Affairs.
Singh, previously the Home Minister, was allocated the defence portfolio on May 31. Remarkably, Singh has already undertaken several trips including the Siachen visit, meeting army personnel and senior officers to discuss various aspects of India's defence.
After taking charge, the Union Minister held a meeting with Army Chief General Bipin Rawat, IAF COAS B S Dhanoa and newly appointed Navy Chief Karambir Singh. Rajnath Singh instructed that separate meetings in respect of the Indian Army, Navy and Air Force may be convened to discuss operational preparedness of the Armed Forces. The meeting was attended by Defence Secretary Shri Sanjay Mitra and Secretary Defence Finance Ms Gargi Kaul along with other senior officers of the Ministry.