Jaitley assumes charge as new Defence Minister
|Source: The Hitavada Date: 15 Mar 2017 08:39:42|
FINANCE Minister Arun Jaitley on Tuesday promised continuity in policy as he assumed additional charge of the Defence Ministry after Manohar Parrikar’s return to Goa as Chief Minister.
Jaitley, who held the additional charge of Defence Ministry from May to November 2014, was again entrusted with the responsibility as Parrikar stepped down on Sunday. “Defence Ministry has a distinct responsibility regarding country’s security and Armed Forces, procurement for security equipment for the country. Today, I have taken a reporting of the situation,” he said.
He said he will take forward the work from where Parrikar had left. “We have a continuous Government and I will take it up from where Parrikar has left it,” he told reporters here.
Parrikar’s tenure as Defence Minister saw clearance of a raft of arms deals besides simplification of the acquisition process. He had also pushed for a number of stalled acquisition projects. A Rashtrapati Bhawan communique had on Monday said that as advised by the Prime Minister, the President has directed that Jaitley shall be assigned the charge of the Defence Ministry in addition to his existing portfolios.