India’s Defense Ministry announced on Sunday that it will ban the imports of 101 items of military equipment in an attempt to boost its indigenous production. The move is New Delhi’s latest effort in pursuing Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s push to make India “Atmanirbhar Bharat,” or a self-reliant nation. Defense Minister Rajnath Singh said that the government is planning to gradually implement the embargo on select military imports between this year and 2024, and that the list will be expanded or updated periodically. “Our aim is to apprise the Indian defense industry about the anticipated requirements of the Armed Forces so that they are better prepared to realize the goal of indigenization,” Singh tweeted. “This is a big step towards self-reliance in defense.” Read more: India seeks shift from buying weapons to exporting them “This decision will offer a great opportunity to the Indian defense industry to manufacture the items in the negative list by using their own design and development capabilities …” Singh said. The list of embargoed items range from types of ammunition, sonars, and radars to artillery guns, assault rifles, corvettes, transport aircraft and helicopters, The Times of India newspaper reported. ‘Make in India’ In May, when Modi launched the… Read full this story
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