Atmanirbhar Bharat: Rajnath Singh announces import embargo on 101 defence items
NEW DELHI: India on Sunday announced a negative arms list, under which imports of 101 weapons and platforms will be progressively banned from December 2020 to December 2025, in a bid to bolster the fledgling indigenous defence production sector.
The defence ministry (MoD) said the list will be expanded or updated periodically, without compromising on the operational requirements of the armed forces, to allow lead-time to the domestic industry to prepare itself for any such procurement orders likely to come up subsequent to the indicated embargo.
The list of 101 embargoed items ranges from some types of ammunition, sonars and radars to artillery guns, assault rifles, corvettes, transport aircraft and light combat helicopters, among others.
Announcing the decision, defence minister Rajnath Singh said the MoD was now ready for a big push to the “Atmanirbhar Bharat” initiative announced by PM Narendra Modi.
“The MoD has prepared a list of 101 items for which there would be an embargo on their imports beyond the timelines indicated against them. This is a big step towards self-reliance in defence,” 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,” he added.
India, incidentally, has for long languished in the strategically-vulnerable position of being among the top arms importers in the world. In the 2015-2019 timeframe, India was the second-largest buyer of foreign weaponry after Saudi Arabia, accounting for 9.2% of the total global arms imports, as was earlier reported by TOI.
The negative list also includes wheeled armoured fighting vehicles with the indicative import embargo date of December 2021, of which the Army is expected to contract around 200 at an approximate cost of over Rs 5,000 crore.
Similarly, the Navy is likely to place demands for conventional diesel-electric submarines with indicative import embargo date of December 2021, of which it expects to contract about six at an approximate cost of almost Rs 42,000 crore.
The MoD said the list was prepared after several rounds of consultations with all stakeholders, including the Army, Navy, IAF, DRDO, defence PSUs, Ordnance Factory Board (OFB) and the private industry, to assess current and future capabilities of the Indian industry for manufacturing various ammunition, weapons, platforms and equipment within the country.
“Almost 260 schemes of such items were contracted by the three Services at an approximate cost of Rs 3.5 lakh crore between April 2015 and August 2020. With the latest embargo on import of 101 items, it is estimated that contracts worth almost Rs 4 lakh crore will be placed upon the domestic industry within the next five to seven years,” it said.
“Of these, items worth almost Rs 1,30,000 crore each are anticipated for the Army and IAF, while items worth almost Rs 1,40,000 crore are anticipated for the Navy over the same period,” it added.
The aim behind the promulgation of the list is to apprise the Indian defence industry about the anticipated requirements of the armed forces so that they are better prepared to realize the goal of indigenization, said the MoD.
You hate him or love him. But you cannot ignore him.. Long Live Modi. Jai ho
A Very Bold and Strong Step by Modi Jee... Some pseudo seculars will be certainly unhappy, as their own interests suffer.....
this is great if it can be successfully implemented. Not only that India should think about attaining self reliance but also selling major weapons to other countries. The sale of weapons are a good "soft powers" like US, Russia has been doing for many years. it will help India improve diplomatic powers to great levels
Implementation is the biggest issue in India.
Modi ji is the best!!
D P Bhat
Dual benefits, viz - 1) savings of foreign exchange 2) employment opportunities for indians !
Mokkapati Prabhakara Rao
After ban of China Apps, one more good move by the Govt. Though delayed, better that actions were taken now. Much more actions are needed to stop flow of funds to foreign countries and reduce import of gold by the rich INDIANs.
Government has opened up opportunities to the Industries. It is upto them to grab the opportunity by ensuring high quality of their products.
It is never too late to allowing private sector to participate. This will bear positive results before too long.
we need to become arms exporter,rather then importer.
commission agents business goes kaput..
We have BEML to make armoured vehicles, but these idiots do not think beyond and cannot design. Instead they hire people who really do not want to work. Unless we change this, we cannot do much. Change people attitude to change India. Jai ho Modiji, Jai ho India.
Hats off Modiji. The same amount can come from Local manufacturing and even JV. We get technology , we get jobs, and local economic activity will pick and help boost Defense exports for sure
We have been making Arjun Tanks for the last 40 years and have we achieved anything considerably in quality and innovation? Since we make everything, quality and cost factors should be parallel to international standards otherwise atmanirbar will be only an empty slogan.
73 years after independence India has not been able to make a simple gun for its armed forces. Over 40,000 crores have been spent on the development of Tejas and they are still buying rafale. Smacks of hypocrisy.
Rohit Joseph Deka
Except Jet technology and some few advance radar technology, rest can be build with highest quality on Armies wish can be build In India alone. SURPRICED to see that even tank, artilary guns, hand guns like also import from small nation like Israel. THATS A SHAME IN THE FACE OF 1.35 BILLION PEOPLE.
Wonderful initiative if it manages to go the distance.
Bharat Bhushan Gupta
A right step. A country can’t be global power if it has to depend on imports for its defence requirements. It is an irony that in 73 years of our independence we are not able to manufacture basic assault rifles and the bullets. This was all because we dis not permit private sector to manufature deeence equipments. It may be noted that in USA, private companies like Lockheed Martin, Northrop etc manufacture their frontline aircraft and missiles.
no to imports, make everything in India, the best option
Is make in India a failure? What is different between Make In India and Atmanirbhar Bharat.
ambani will get most of the contracts. most contracts will go to guju companies and our armed forces will get substandard weapons. we will be back to importing weapons.
Ambani is not Chinese /Pakistani