New Delhi: In a row with Prime Minister’s ‘Make in India’ initiative and a push to promote it, Defence Ministry on Friday decided to withdraw tenders for deals related to buying short range surface-to-air missile and 14 helicopters.
Apart from this decision Defence Ministry has started an assessment of all import deal under buy global list which are fully loaded with foreign vendors. Various deals are to be added in closure and deferment list by the Ministry. Ministry is also working on closing such deals under the favor of Indian vendors or developers to give a way to PM’s make in India initiative.
The meeting however gave a green signal to the deal to buy air-to-ground missiles from France and overhaul of Russian helicopters, as reported by ANI.
The foreclosure and deferment list includes deals like the Very Short Range Air Defence System, Towed Artillery Guns, Vertically Launched Surface-to-air missiles, Shipborne unmanned aerial sysytems, additional P-8I surveillance aircraft along with MiG-29 Combat aircraft.
The multi-million dollar Kamov-226 helicopter deal with Russia has also been put in the list. The Kamov-31 shipborne choppers along with Klub class anti-ship missiles are also on this list.
Various classified projects are also in the list that need to be discussed upon first.
This decision came in view after Prime Minister Narendra Modi did a review meeting with the Defence Minsitry officials along with the then Chief of Defence Staff General Bipin Rawat, where it was felt that strong measures would be taken to ensure that the country’s defence syetem should firmly move towards the Aatmanirbhar Bharat
Prime Minister has been making time to time checks and has been personally making reviews on the progress of Make in India initiative particularly in the Defence sector and has time to time asked officials in both services and in Defence Ministry to ensure that more steps are taken to promote make in India.