New Delhi, Jun 6: Defence Minister Rajnath Singh on Thursday directed officials to seek indigenous solutions for meeting requirements of the armed forces to the extent possible.
It was his first formal meeting after assuming charge of his ministry on Saturday. During his meeting, he also noted the progress under the Strategic Partnership programme.
"Raksha Mantri Rajnath Singh reviewed activities of the Ministry of Defence. The RM was briefed regarding Defence Cooperation activities with Friendly Foreign Countries (FFCs). He was also briefed about planning activities of the Armed Forces including Tri-Services agencies viz HQ IDS and Defence Cyber Agency, Defence Space Agency and Armed Forces Special Forces Division which were approved by the CCS in 2019," the defence ministry said.
He was also took stock of the Defence Planning Committee setup in 2018.
Raksha Mantri reviewed the policy matters pertaining to defence diplomacy including bilateral, multilateral exercises, capacity building, training, material assistance to FFCs among others.
In addition, Mr Singh also reviewed defence acquisition issues.
The minister was briefed about Defence Procurement Procedures (DPP), budget utilisation, major procurements and challenges therein.
He also reviewed ex-servicemen welfare issues with the officials of the department of Ex-Servicemen Welfare.
During the meeting Minister of State for Defence Shripad Yesso Naik, Defence Secretary Sanjay Mitra and other senior officials of MoD were also present.