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Rajnath Singh takes charge as Defence Minister, holds high-level meet with service chiefs

Upon his arrival, Singh, who was the Home Minister in the previous government, was accorded a grand welcome when he arrived at the defence ministry around noon.

By: Express Web Desk | New Delhi | Updated: June 1, 2019 5:07:07 pm
Rajnath Singh, Rajnath singh defence, defence minister Rajnath Singh, Rajnath Singh defence minister, defence ministry india, indian defence minister, rajnath singh defence, indian express, latest news Defence Minister Rajnath Singh held a meeting with chiefs of armed forces after taking charge. (Source: Twitter/@RajnathSingh)

Rajanth Singh on Saturday took charge as the Defence Minister and immediately held a meeting with the top military brass, including Army chief Gen Bipin Rawat, Chief of Air Staff Air Chief Marshal B S Dhanoa and newly-appointed Navy chief Karambir Singh.

During the meeting, Rajnath asked the Defence Ministry officers to prepare detailed presentations on all divisions and departments under him and set time-bound targets to achieve the desired outcome.

“Assumed charge as the Raksha Mantri today. The MoD officials gave a presentation on the functioning of the Ministry. I have instructed the officers to prepare detailed presentations on all Divisions and set time-bound targets to achieve the desired outcome,” Rajnath tweeted.

Rajnath Singh, Rajnath singh defence, defence minister Rajnath Singh, Rajnath Singh defence minister, defence ministry india, indian defence minister, rajnath singh defence, indian express, latest news New Delhi: Rajnath Singh being welcomed by Minister of State in the Ministry of Defence SY Naik as he arrives to take charge as Minister of Defence in newly-elected PM Modi’s cabinet, at South Block in New Delhi, Saturday, June 1, 2019. (PTI)

Minister of State for Defence Shripad Naik, Defence Secretary Sanjay Mitra and several top officials of the ministry were also present at the meeting.

Upon his arrival, Singh, who was the Home Minister in the previous government, was accorded a grand welcome when he arrived at the defence ministry around noon. According to news agency PTI, a defence ministry spokesperson said Singh urged all those who greeted him to give their best and work towards achieving the “targets”.

Earlier in the day, Singh also visited the national war memorial to pay his tributes.

Meanwhile, several other Cabinet members, including Prakash Javedkar and Babul Supriyo, took charge of their respective ministry today. Javedkar was handed the Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change, while Supriyo took charge as MoS in the ministry.

(With inputs from PTI)

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