(The Gist of PIB) E-booklet on 20 MoD reforms in 2020

(THE GIST OF PIB) E-booklet on 20 MoD reforms in 2020


E-booklet on 20 MoD reforms in 2020

  • Union Defence Minister released an E-booklet titled ’20 Reforms in 2020’.
  • This highlighting the major reforms undertaken by Ministry of Defence (MoD) in 2020.
  • Reforms aim to bring about greater cohesion and modernisation of the Armed Forces through policy changes, innovation, and digital transformation.

Key reforms undertaken are:

  • Post of CDS was created to increase efficiency and coordination among the Armed Forces and reduce duplication, while DMA was established to ensure improved civil-military integration.
  • New Defence Acquisition Procedure 2020, Corporatisation of Ordnance Factory Board, Separate Budgetary Allocation for Domestic Capital Acquisition, Push towards new technology development within India (Pinaka rocket sytem, iDEX challenge 4 etc.), Import stopped for several defence equipment items etc.
  • FDI allowed up to 74% through automatic route and beyond 74% to be permitted through government (approval) route.
  • 10% budget increase in 2020-21 over previous year.
  • Policy reforms: Defence Acquisition Procedure in September 2020 and revision of DRDO Procurement Manual in October 2020.
  • Five Young Scientists Laboratories of DRDO were launched, DRDO partnering with industry in design and development etc.
  • Permanent Commission to Short Service Commission Women officers of Indian Army. Women pilots of Indian Navy were operationalised for the first time.
  • All Sainik Schools were thrown open for girl students from 2020-21.
  • Expanding the reach of NCC to remote locations.
  • Defence Diplomacy in a new helpful Avatar: Indian Defence Forces extend helping hand to friendly foreign countries in distress.
  • India for the first-time figures in the list of Defence equipment exporting nations (exports expanded to more than 84 countries).



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