Defence Minister launches Indigenisation portal ‘SRIJAN’
On the final day of the ‘Atmanirbhar Bharat Week’ celebrations of the Ministry of Defence from Aug 10 – 14, 2020, the Defence Minister virtually launched the Department of Defence Production Portal ‘SRIJAN’ as a part of opportunities for Make in India initiatives in the defence sector.
About the SRIJAN Portal
This portal provides information regarding the defence equipment and items which are being imported currently or to be imported by the Defence PSUs in the country. The government will take proper measures regarding making these products indigenized.
In the first stage, these items are displayed with the value of imports of Rs 1 million and above. For 2019-20, there were 1557 such items whereas the items were reduced to 739 in 2020-21.
Defence Testing Infra Scheme (DTIS)
The Defence Ministry launched the Defence Testing Infra Scheme in May 2020 in order to create testing infra for the defence sector in the country. The objective is to boost the domestic defence and aerospace manufacturing in the country. The initial cost has been set at Rs 400 crores for this initiative.
This is another initiative of the Ministry of Defence in order to inculcate the values of innovation in the defence production of the country. NIIO will be a one-stop solution through which the stakeholders will get in touch with one another in order to foster innovation and indigenization for self-reliance in defence, in line with the ‘Atmanirbhar Bharat’ pledge of the Government of India. The N-TAC will administer this platform.
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