In a major push to promote Make in India in defence, the Narendra Modi government is going to review all major import cases for the defence forces under the “Buy Global” category.
The Defence Ministry initiative, driven by instructions from the Prime Minister himself, said a number of import projects worth thousands of crores would be scrapped and given to Indian companies. The projects would be reviewed by the defence acquisition council in its meeting to be held on January 12, government sources told India Today.
A large number of cases have been reviewed and already told that they would not be allowed to progress further. A number of cases by the Army, Navy and Air Force would be scrapped by the government.
The initiative came after Prime Minister Modi took a review meeting with the Defence Ministry officials, including the then Chief of Defence Staff, General Bipin Rawat, where it was felt that strong measures would have to be taken to ensure that the country moves firmly towards Aatmanirbhar Bharat in the defence sector.