Chal­lenges she faces

Governance Now - - MADAM RAKSHA MANTRI -

n Open­ing the de­fence sec­tor to pri­vate play­ers in the face of likely op­po­si­tion from labour unions. Cur­rently, 70 per­cent of the equip­ment used by the In­dian mil­i­tary is im­ported, and this could prove costly in war

n Re­vamp­ing the sloth­ful De­fence Re­search and De­vel­op­ment Or­gan­i­sa­tion (DRDO); com­ing up with out-of-the-box ideas to syn­chro­nise de­fence pro­duc­tion with the Make in In­dia ini­tia­tive n Over­see­ing the im­ple­men­ta­tion of re­forms ap­proved by her pre­de­ces­sor Arun Jait­ley for mak­ing the mil­i­tary leaner and fit­ter and re­vamp­ing its struc­tures and re­de­ploy­ing man­power

n Deal­ing with the pend­ing finalisation of some 40 de­fence con­tracts lan­guish­ing with the min­istry, each worth about ₹500 crore with­out trig­ger­ing al­le­ga­tions of kick­backs, bribery and favour­tism. This could push up job creation and GDP

n En­sur­ing that de­fence al­lo­ca­tion of 2.14 per­cent of GDP is raised to 3 per­cent, as has been sug­gested by se­cu­rity ex­perts

n De­cid­ing on the ap­point­ment of a four-star per­ma­nent chair­man to the Chiefs of Staff Com­mit­tee (COSC), and the in­te­gra­tion of the de­fence min­istry with the three ser­vice head­quar­ters. This, ac­cord­ing to ex­perts, could save ₹25,000 crore an­nu­ally

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