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Atmanirbhar Bharat: Defence ministry imposes import embargo on 101 items

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In a major push towards Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s call for Atmanirbhar Bharat, the defence ministry has decided to impose a ban on the import of 101 items required by the armed forces. The move, on the lines of Atmanirbhar Bharat, aims to promote indigenisation of defence production in India.

Defence minister makes announcement

Defence minister Rajnath Singh made the announcement in this regard on Sunday.

“The Ministry of Defence is now ready for a big push to #AtmanirbharBharat initiative. MoD will introduce import embargo on 101 items beyond given timeline to boost indigenisation of defence production,” Singh said in a tweet.

He said, taking a cue from Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s call for a self-reliant India, “the Ministry of Defence has prepared a list of 101 items for which there would be an embargo on the import beyond the timeline indicated against them. This is a big step towards self-reliance in defence.”

Import ban on items

Rajnath Singh said artillery guns, light combat helicopter, assault rifles, corvettes, and radars will not be imported anymore. The list of 101 items also includes wheeled armoured fighting vehicles (AFVs), transport aircraft, and other high technology weapons among a host of other things.

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The embargo on imports is planned to be implemented between 2020 and 2024. The defence minister said over time more such equipment for import embargo would be identified.

Embargo on import a big opportunity for Indian defence industry

The defence minister also said that the decision will offer an opportunity to the Indian defence industry to manufacture the items in the negative list. He said the domestic industry can use their own design and development capabilities or adopting the technologies designed and developed by DRDO. The ultimate goal is to meet the requirements of the armed forces.

“Our aim is to apprise the Indian defence industry about the anticipated requirements of the Armed Forces so that they are better prepared to realise the goal of indigenisation,” Rajnath Singh said.

List prepared after consultations

Rajnath Singh said the list of 101 import items was prepared by the Ministry of Defence after several rounds of consultations. Consultations were held with all stakeholders to assess the current and future capabilities of the Indian industry for manufacturing various ammunition and equipment within India.

 

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