Nirmala Sitharaman draws new Laxman Rekhas for MoD functioning

Business in the South Block would not remain as usual under the leadership of new Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman.

Several pathbreaking directives have been issued to streamline the functioning of this gigantic ministry including a daily coordination meeting with all three service chiefs.

The defence secretary has been asked to brief her separately on daily basis.

In order to fast track important decision making process, the minister will hold Defence Acquisition Council (DAC) meeting twice in a month.

Ms. Nirmala Sitharaman held a number of meetings with senior officials to familiarize with the activities and functioning of the Ministry of Defence and gave clear directions on critical issues.

“Special emphasis was laid by the Minister on the need to step up the pace of acquisition proposals. Towards ensuring time bound and speedy disposal, it has been decided to hold DAC meetings on a fortnightly basis,” a press statement said.

A whole range of meetings have been scheduled with the three Defence Service Chiefs to review Defence preparedness and allied issues of strategic interests.

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.

“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,” said the statement.

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