Prime Minister’s Office (PMO) has asked the Niti Aayog to set up an inter-ministerial empowered committee to prepare a roadmap to ‘encourage domestic manufacturing’ of lightweight body armours for the army and para-military forces. The committee, according to a senior government official who did not wish to be identified, will be headed by Niti Aayog member V K Saraswat and will have representatives from the Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO), the Department of Industrial Policy & Promotion (DIPP), the Ministry of Defence and the Ministry of Home Affairs. The official said Niti Aayog will drive implementation of recommendation of its draft note on “incentivising” domestic manufacturing of lightweight body armours for the Army and para-military forces.

He further said the PMO was very responsive to the Niti Aayog’s draft note and asked it to prepare a road map for the implementation of the proposal. Earlier this year, the PMO had asked the Aayog to prepare a draft note on the possibility of encouraging production of home-made lightweight body armours. The government think tank then consulted stakeholders like industries which are engaged in research as well as para military and armed forces. Read More

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