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Defence Minister Rajnath Singh holds meeting with officials; discusses operational preparations

Union Defence Minister Rajnath Singh on Friday held a meeting with Senior Officials of Ministry of Defence. Defence Minister Singh reviewed the operational matters and procurement issues of the Armed Forces.

The meeting was attended by Ministry top brasses including Defence Secretary Sanjay Mitra and Secretary of the Defence Finance Gargi Kaul. Many other top officials from the Defence Ministry were also a part of the meeting.

Reportedly, Rajnath Singh discussed revenue procurement cases regarding maintenance of platforms and assets with the Armed Forces.

Officers in the meeting briefed the Defence Minister about the ongoing upgradation infrastructural work and also briefed about the future upgradation plans. Defence Minister in the meeting also reviewed the matters related to the Indian Coastal Guard.

Defence Minister also directed that he will hold separate meetings with Indian Army, Air Force and Navy to review the ongoing operations.

While later in the day, he also attended the First Meeting of Cabinet Committee on Parliamentary Affairs held at his residence.

Many Union Ministers including Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman, Home Minister Amit Shah, Petroleum Minister Dharmendra Pradhan, Minority Affairs Minister Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi, Parliamentary Affairs Minister Pralhad Joshi, Agriculture Minister Narendra Singh
Tomar, and Law Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad were also present in the meeting.

READ: Cabinet Committee on Parliamentary Affairs holds first meeting at Defence Minister Rajnath Singh’s residence

Earlier on Thursday, Union Defence Minister Rajnath Singh was added to four more central committees. Rajnath Singh earlier was a part two committees – Cabinet Committee on Security (CCS) and Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs.

Now, with this, Rajnath Singh will be a part of 6 committees out of the 8 committees formed by the Centre.

Rajnath Singh had June 1 took Charge of Defence Minister a day after the portfolio allocated to him. Singh has replaced Nirmala Sitharaman who has now been given the charge of Finance Ministry after Arun Jaitley opted out of Cabinet race.

In his first meeting as Defence Minister with Officials, Rajnath Singh directed the heads of all departments to prepare a presentation of all ongoing projects and programmes and briefed him about all.

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