Sitharaman to hold daily meeting with service chiefs, Defence Secretary

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"A whole range of meetings has been scheduled with the three defence service chiefs to review defence preparedness and allied issues of strategic interests", it added.

"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", it said, adding, "Towards ensuring time bound and speedy disposal, it has been chose to hold DAC meetings (defence acquisition council) on a fortnightly basis".

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Sitharaman to hold daily meeting with service chiefs, Defence Secretary

The minister has also chose to hold meetings of the Defence Acquisiton Council, the highest decision making body on defence procurement in the ministry which is chaired by the minister every fortnight. "At that time even during the campaigning, then Gujarat chief minister Narendra Modi was anxious about it as it concerned Gujarat's security and had taken up that issue", she said.

Union Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman on Sunday flagged off an all-woman crew of sailors, the first in the history of the Indian Navy, trying to circumnavigate the globe from Goa.

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Defence Minister orientating herself with the MIG-21 Bison aircraft at Air Force Station Uttarlai today. Ms Sitharaman is the first Defence Minister to visit the base since George Fernandes had last visited the base in 2001.

She refused to comment on army chief General Bipin Rawat's recent statement that India must be prepared for two-front war.

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As per the existing norms, the defence minister normally meets the three Service Chiefs once in a week and the DAC meeting takes place once in a month. Among areas of focus identified by the new minister is the settling of outstanding land-related issues for infrastructure projects and matters relating to the welfare of defence personnel and their families. Indira Gandhi had held charge of the ministry twice when she was prime Minister.

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