India to ban imports on over 100 items of military equipment
The Defense Ministry has said the embargo will allow India to become more self-reliant in weapons manufacturing. Since the coronavirus pandemic, Prime Minister Narendra Modi has pushed to increase domestic production.
India's Defense Ministry announced on Sunday that it will ban the imports of 101 items of military equipment in an attempt to boost its indigenous production.
The move is New Delhi's latest effort in pursuing Prime Minister Narendra Modi's push to make India "Atmanirbhar Bharat," or a self-reliant nation.
Defense Minister Rajnath Singh said that the government is planning to gradually implement the embargo on select military imports between this year and 2024, and that the list will be expanded or updated periodically.
"Our aim is to apprise the Indian defense industry about the anticipated requirements of the Armed Forces so that they are better prepared to realize the goal of indigenization,'' Singh tweeted. "This is a big step towards self-reliance in defense."