Govt introduces import embargo on 101 items to boost indigenisation of defence production

New Delhi, Aug 9,  In a major push to boost ‘Atamnirbhar Bharat’, Defence Minister Rajnath Singh on Sunday introduced import embargo on 101 items beyond given timeline to boost indigenisation of defence production.
‘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,’ Mr Singh said in a series of tweets. He said Prime Minister Narendra Modi has given a clarion call for a self-reliant India based on the five pillars — Economy, Infrastructure, System, Demography and Demand and announced a special economic package for Self-Reliant India named ‘Atamnirbhar Bharat’. Taking cue from that evocation, he said, 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, he said, adding that this is a big step towards self-reliance in defence. The Defence Minister 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 DRDO to meet the requirements of the Armed Forces. ‘The embargo on imports is planned to be progressively implemented between 2020 to 2024. Our aim is to apprise the Indian defence industry about the anticipated requirements of the Armed Forces so that they are better prepared to realise the goal of indigenisation,’ he maintained.