Power Flows Through The Barrel Of Gun, Nirmala Sitharaman Takes Charge As Defence Minister

Nirmala Sitharaman taking charge as defence minister
Nirmala Sitharaman taking charge as defence minister (Pic courtesy: PIB)

Shailesh Kumar, National Defence
New Delhi, 07 September 2017
Power flows throw the barrel of gun… isn’t it? You see the gentle and polite woman Nirmala Sitharaman holding this 2.98 kg gun 300 mm barrel… but now she holds the responsibility of India’s Defence. Now she is not just an ordinary person. She is the defence minister of India, first full time woman defence minister. Before we talk about template of her tenure and the challenges she would face lets first have a look at the gun she is holding in her powerful hands.

This gun is JVPC 5.56 Carbine also known as Modern Sub Machine Carbine MSMC. It’s a joint product developed by DRDO and Ordinance Factory Board. According to sources, the development of the gun started in 2006 for Indian Army. The gun is designed by Armament Research and Development Establishment, ARDE Pune and manufactured by Small Arms Factory, Kanpur. This is 5.56 Calibre with 30 rounds and can fire upto 900 rounds in a minute within 300 meter range with the help of red dot laser pointer. According to sources, the gun is still under trial and orders are likely to be from Police, Paramilitary and from Army.

Nirmala Sitharaman with Chief of Army Staff General Bipin Rawat (Pic: PIB)
Nirmala Sitharaman with Chief of Army Staff General Bipin Rawat (Pic: PIB)

Nirmala Sitharaman soon after taking over the charge attended a function for handing over the defence armament and equipment manufactured by Defence PSUs and Ordnance Factory Board for the armed forces. As she just took over the charge, she she decided to be economical in her words.

Soon after taking over the charge of defence ministry, Nirmala Sitharaman got herself an official twitter handle titled as “Raksha Mantri”. Follow Nirmala Sitharaman twitter handle @DefenceMinIndia. 

Lets first listen in this video package as what did she say in her first address as Raksha Mantri



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Nirmala Sitharaman Lighting The Lamp at DRDO Auditorium During Handing Over of Weapons Developed by DPSUs and Ordnance Factory Board To Police & Paramilitary while Home Minister Rajnath Singh looks on.

The Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman has stressed on the need to become more indigenous in Defence Production. She appreciated the consistent efforts being made by the Defence Public Sector Undertakings (DPSUs) and Ordnance Factories (OFs) in this direction. She was speaking on the occasion of handing over of several products developed by DPSUs and OFs to the Central Armed Police Forces (CAPFs) here today.

The Minister of Home Affairs Shri Rajnath Singh, who also graced the occasion, said that India wants to reduce its dependence on defence imports and ‘Make in India’ is the right initiative to achieve that. He expressed satisfaction that the indigenous content has increased in the defence production and hoped that fully indigenous products will be produced by the DPSUs and OFs in the very near future. The Minister also said that there is a need to design light weight bullet-proof jackets and helmets for the Forces.

The products which were handed over to the CAPFs were an armoured bus and bullet-proof jackets by the CMD, MIDHANI Dr. Dinesh Kumar Likhi to DG CRPF Shri RR Bhatnagar. An Unmanned Aerial Vehicle was handed over by the CMD HAL T Suvarna Raju to DG CRPF and small arms like Assault Rifle and Carbine by the DGOF and Chairman OFB SC Bajpai to DG CRPF. An All Terrain Vehicle was handed over by the CMD BEML Deepak Kumar Hota to DG BSF KK Sharma.

The function was attended by the Minister of State for Defence Dr. Subhash Bhamre, Secretary (Defence Production) Ashok Kumar Gupta, several senior officials from the Ministry of Defence, Ministry of Home Affairs, DPSUs and OFB.

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