Published: Tue, September 12, 2017
Sport | By Scott Davis

Circumnavigation trip: Nirmala Sitharaman flags off all-woman Navy expedition

Circumnavigation trip: Nirmala Sitharaman flags off all-woman Navy expedition

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.

It has also been chose to have the meetings of the Defence Acquisition Council - the highest decision making the body in the ministry, chaired by the minister - in every fortnight, the defence ministry said in a statement on Monday.

The NDA government on last Sunday announced Sitharaman's elevation from the relatively low -profile Commerce Ministry to the Defence Ministry, making her the second woman in the high-profile Cabinet Committee on Security (CCS) along with External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj. Meetings of the DAC have so far been held once in a month, sometimes with bigger gaps than that between two meetings.

The second woman defence minister after Indira Gandhi was in Goa and Uttarlai airbase in Barmer in Rajasthan at the weekend.

Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman on Monday denied media reports that stated that she had dismissed the report by the Comptroller and Auditor General (CAG) of India, which said that the defence forces had ammunition that would last only 20 days in the event of a war.

Other areas of focus would include settling all outstanding land-related issues for infrastructure projects and matters related to the welfare of defence personnel and their families, the ministry said.

With the Army, Air Force and Navy chiefs and the defence secretary, the department's most senior bureaucrat, Ms Sitharaman will review defence preparedness and allied issues of strategic interests, the statement said.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday also extended his good wishes to the all-women Indian Navy team.

Sitharaman has been holding a series of meetings with top officials of the various wings of the defence ministry since taking charge as defence minister on September 7.

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