Nirmala Sitharaman takes charge as defence minister in presence of predecessor Arun Jaitley

1/5As India's first full-time woman defence minister Sitaraman took charge of the key ministry in the presence of her predecessor Arun Jaitley. She listed defence indigenisation and resolving long-pending issues among her priorities for her tenure. PTI

As India’s first full-time woman defence minister Sitaraman took charge of the key ministry in the presence of her predecessor Arun Jaitley. She listed defence indigenisation and resolving long-pending issues among her priorities for her tenure. PTI

As India’s first full-time woman defence minister Sitaraman took charge of the key ministry in the p

2/5A priest conducted prayers in the defence minister's chamber before Sitharaman assumed charge. Her parents were also present on the occasion. PTI

A priest conducted prayers in the defence minister’s chamber before Sitharaman assumed charge. Her parents were also present on the occasion. PTI

A priest conducted prayers in the defence minister’s chamber before Sitharaman assumed charge. Her p

3/5Nirmala Sitharaman took charge of the defence ministry on Thursday. She vowed to enhance India's military preparedness and ensure the welfare of soldiers. Sitharaman and Rajnath Singh look at a mini UAV being displayed during a conference at DRDO Bhavan in New Delhi. PTI

Nirmala Sitharaman took charge of the defence ministry on Thursday. She vowed to enhance India’s military preparedness and ensure the welfare of soldiers. Sitharaman and Rajnath Singh look at a mini UAV being displayed during a conference at DRDO Bhavan in New Delhi. PTI

Nirmala Sitharaman took charge of the defence ministry on Thursday. She vowed to enhance India’s mil

4/5After assuming office on Thursday Sitharaman approved a grant of over Rs 13 crore which will be released to 8,685 ex- servicemen, widows and dependents out of the Armed Forces Flag Day Fund. PTI

After assuming office on Thursday Sitharaman approved a grant of over Rs 13 crore which will be released to 8,685 ex- servicemen, widows and dependents out of the Armed Forces Flag Day Fund. PTI

After assuming office on Thursday Sitharaman approved a grant of over Rs 13 crore which will be rele

5/5Sitaraman also approved financial assistance out of Raksha Mantri Ex-Servicemen Fund. She also said that there was a need for "big play" of the Make in India initiative in overall defence capability and noted that it was very important for the Centre. PTI

Sitaraman also approved financial assistance out of Raksha Mantri Ex-Servicemen Fund. She also said that there was a need for “big play” of the Make in India initiative in overall defence capability and noted that it was very important for the Centre. PTI

Sitaraman also approved financial assistance out of Raksha Mantri Ex-Servicemen Fund. She also said

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