Will focus on strengthening national security and military modernization: Rajnath

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New Delhi. After taking charge of the Defense Ministry on Thursday, Rajnath Singh said that the new Narendra Modi government will focus on strengthening national security by modernizing the armed forces and promoting domestic defense manufacturing. Outlining his vision for the next five years, Defense Minister Singh said that the government will make every effort to increase defense exports to Rs 50,000 crore by 2028-29, which is currently Rs 21,083 crore.

After taking charge of the Defense Ministry for the second consecutive term, he told reporters that the armed forces are being equipped with state-of-the-art weapons and systems and they are ready to face every challenge. Amid the border dispute with China in eastern Ladakh, Singh praised the military personnel for protecting the unity, integrity and sovereignty of the nation with valor and commitment.

He said, “Under the leadership of Prime Minister Narendra Modi, our aim is to further strengthen the country’s security system by focusing on achieving self-reliance in defense manufacturing.” Singh told reporters, “Modernization of the armed forces and the welfare of both serving and retired soldiers will remain our main focus.” Singh is among the senior BJP leaders, including Amit Shah, Nitin Gadkari and Nirmala Sitharaman, who have been given the same ministries that they held in the previous government.

Singh said the government will also focus on boosting India’s defence production. He said, “Our defence exports reached a record Rs 21,083 crore in the financial year 2023-24. This is historic. Our target will be to export defence equipment worth more than Rs 50,000 crore by 2028-2029.” Singh was welcomed by Chief of Defence Staff General Anil Chauhan, Army Chief General Manoj Pandey, Air Force Chief Marshal VR Choudhary, Navy Chief Admiral Dinesh Tripathi, Defence Secretary Giridhar Aramane and DRDO Chairman Sameer V Kamat at the Defence Ministry office in South Block. Soon after taking charge, Singh chaired a meeting on the ministry’s first 100 days’ action plan.

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