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Defence Ministry to impose import embargo on 101 items

The Defence Ministry will “introduce import embargo on 101 items beyond given timeline to boost indigenisation of defence production”, Defence Minister Rajnath Singh announced through a series of tweets on Sunday.

Speaking at a function later in the day, he said the government intends to reach a turnover of $25 billion through indigenously manufactured defence products and also expects to export products worth $5 billion.

“Government has also decided that in any government contract over Rs. 200 crore, no foreign company can participate in the tendering process… We will help Indian defence manufacturers… This year Rs. 52,000 crore items [are] to be bought only from Indian companies,” Mr. Singh said in an online interaction.

“In his address to the nation on August 15, Prime Minister Narendra Modi will present the outline for a self-reliant India,” he added.

The policy change comes in the wake of Chinese transgressions and the build-up along the Line of Actual Control (LAC) in Ladakh. China has refused to pull back from several areas, where it has massed troops since May.

Self-reliance

“The Ministry of Defence is now ready for a big push to #AtmanirbharBharat initiative...

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. #AtmanirbharBharat,” Mr. Singh tweeted.

He added that the government will push the Swadeshi movement started by freedom fighters and Mahatma Gandhi during the Independence Movement.

He said the decision will offer a great opportunity to the Indian defence industry to manufacture the items in the negative list by using their own design and development capabilities or adopting the technologies designed and developed by the Defence Research Development Organisation (DRDO) to meet the requirements of the Armed Forces.

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