Defence Minister A.K. Antony on Wednesday asked the top brass of the armed forces to utilise the remaining period of the current financial year by adopting a focussed approach to speed up projects and plans which are directly linked to operational preparedness.

Mr. Antony’s directive to the armed forces came at a meeting to review the expenditure of both the capital and revenue accounts of his ministry. Besides the new Minister of State for Defence Bhanwar Jitendra Singh, the meeting was attended by the top officials of the Defence Ministry and the three service Vice-Chiefs.

The Defence Minister also advised the armed forces to pay attention to projects, platforms and ammunitions which were necessary for their operational preparedness, according to official sources here.

Later this month, Mr. Antony will also hold a special review meeting relating to building of infrastructure in the North-East, particularly Arunachal Pradesh, bordering China. He will also review the progress made so far in the ambitious project of the Indigenous Aircraft Carrier for the Navy, working of the defence public sector units and ordnance factories.

As compared to the previous year’s outlays, the defence outlays were hiked by nearly 17 per cent in the Union Budget 2012-13, taking them to Rs. 1,93,407 crores ($40.44 billion).

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