Defence ministry to ban 101 items for import, in big push for 'Atma Nirbhar Bharat'
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INDIA - August 10, 2020

Defence ministry to ban 101 items for import, in big push for ‘Atma Nirbhar Bharat’

Defence Minister Rajnath Singh on Sunday stated that over 100 military items will be banned for import, in a big push for Prime Minister Modi’s Atma Nirbhar Bharat (self-reliant India) programme. He announced it in a series of tweets. “The ministry of defence is now ready for a big push to #AtmanirbharBharat initiative. MoD will introduce import embargo on 101 items beyond given timeline to boost indigenisation of defence production.” He said almost 260 schemes of such items were contracted by the tri-services at an approximate cost of Rs 3.5 lakh crore between April 2015 and August 2020. “It is estimated that contracts worth almost Rs 4 lakh crore will be placed upon the domestic industry within the next 6 to 7 years,” he said.

“This 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 DRDO to meet the requirements of the armed forces. The list is prepared by MoD after several rounds of consultations with all stakeholders, including the armed forces, public and private industry to assess current and future capabilities of the Indian industry for manufacturing various ammunition and equipment within India,” he said.

“Almost 260 schemes of such items were contracted by the tri-services at an approximate cost of Rs 3.5 lakh crore between April 2015 and August 2020. It is estimated that contracts worth almost Rs 4 lakh crore will be placed upon the domestic industry within the next 6 to 7 years. Of these, items worth almost Rs 1,30,000 crore each are anticipated for the Army and the Air Force while items worth almost Rs 1,40,000 crore are anticipated by the Navy over the same period.”

“The list of 101 embargoed items comprises of not just simple parts , but also some high technology weapon systems like artillery guns, assault rifles, corvettes, sonar systems, transport aircrafts, LCHs, radars and many other items to fulfil the needs of our defence services. The list also includes wheeled Armoured Fighting Vehicles (AFVs) with indicative import embargo date of December 2021, of which the Army is expected to contract almost 200 at an approximate cost of over Rs 5,000 crore,” he announced, stating that the embargo will be progressively implemented between 2020 and 2024.

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