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Defense Minister Rajnath Singh. The ministry has banned 108 items from December 2021 to December 2025.
The central government has taken another step towards becoming a self-reliant India. Defense Minister Rajnath Singh on Monday banned the import of 108 weapons, including radars and tank engines. Last year, 101 items were included in a similar negative list.
The Ministry of Defense has prepared the second negative list after several rounds of discussion with the private and government sector officials. The 108 items involved are banned from December 2021 to December 2025.
Now 108 items will be bought from indigenous companies only
In the first negative list, some weapons like artillery guns, assault rifles, fighter ships, sonar systems, cargo aircraft, light combat aircraft (LCH), radar were included. At the same time, 108 weapons included in the second negative list will be purchased from indigenous companies only.
According to the ministry, the defense production in the country is expected to reach Rs 1.75 lakh crore by 2025.
One more step towards self-reliant India
The Defense Ministry said that this is another big step towards Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s dream of a self-reliant India. Under this, the Defense Minister has approved the second ‘positive indigenization list’ of 108 things to give a boost to the domestic defense industry. This list has been prepared by the Department of Military Affairs.