'New initiatives...': In 1st Parl speech Murmu praises govt for defence exports

Jan 31, 2023 12:54 PM IST

In October last year defence minister Rajnath Singh had said the Narendra Modi government will target defence exports worth $5 billion and an overall production turnover of $22 billion by 2025.

India's defence exports have 'increased by six times... as a result of new initiatives' by the Narendra Modi government, president Droupadi Murmu said Tuesday during opening remarks of the Parliament's Budget session.

NS Vikrant is India’s first indigenously-built aircraft carrier. (PTI)
NS Vikrant is India’s first indigenously-built aircraft carrier. (PTI)

"I am proud that today the first indigenous aircraft carrier - in the form of INS Vikrant - has also joined our Navy," the president also said.

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Murmu was addressing a joint sitting of Parliament - her first budget session speech since she became only India's second female head of state - before union finance minister Nirmala Sitharaman presents the Economic Survey.

Sitharaman will on Wednesday present the government's annual budget.

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The government's focus on an 'aatmanirbhar' defence sector is meant to ensure India is self-reliant in the development and manufacturing of arms and ammunition, fighter planes, warships and other equipment for the military.

The government, defence minister Rajnath Singh said in August last year, also hopes to make India a net defence exporter.

"By the end of this decade India will not only make defence equipment for itself... but also fulfil needs of friendly countries. 'make in India, make for the world' is the new mantra..." he said.

In October the minister said the government will target defence exports worth $5 billion and an overall production turnover of $22 billion by 2025.

"Government making efforts to take domestic defence production from $12 billion to $22 billion by 2025. We may even surpass target of $22 billion."

"There is no dearth of opportunities in the defence sector."

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Headlining the 'aatmanirbhar' push is India's first indigenously built aircraft carrier - INS Vikrant - which was inducted in September last year and will fortify the country's expeditionary force capabilities in the Indo-Pacific.

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INS Vikramaditya - India's first carrier - is undergoing major refitment.

With input from ANI

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