Defence Minister Rajnath Singh at the webinar in New Delhi on Monday Photo: PTI
Prime Minister Narendra Modi said on Monday that the government’s announcement last August of a “negative list”, consisting of 101 defence items embargoed progressively for import, was actually a “positive list” under the Aatmanirbhar Bharat (self-sufficient India) programme.
“This is a positive list that will increase our manufacturing capacities, generate new employment, reduce dependence on imports, and will give a guarantee to the products being manufactured in India to be consumed in India,” Modi said.
The PM was addressing a webinar the Ministry of Defence (MoD) organised in partnership with major industry chambers in the backdrop of a Rs 21,327 crore increase in the defence capex allocation for the year 2021-22.
First Published: Feb 22 2021 | 11:19 PM IST