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Amid war in Ukraine, PM Modi stresses on making India self-reliant in defence sector

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Russia-Ukraine war news update: Prime Minister Narendra Modi chaired a high-level meeting to review India’s security preparedness amid the ongoing conflict in Ukraine.

At a high-level meeting to discuss India’s security preparedness on Sunday, Prime Minister Narendra Modi stressed that every effort must be made to make India self-reliant in the defence sector. The meeting was held against the backdrop of the Ukraine-Russia war in Eastern Europe.

Defence Minister Rajnath Singh, External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar, Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman and Foreign Secretary of India Harsh Vardhan Shringla were among dignitaries who attended the key meeting.

PM MODI BRIEFED

During the meeting, PM Modi was briefed on the latest developments and different aspects of India’s security preparedness in the border areas as well as in the maritime and air domain.

“He was also briefed on the latest developments in Ukraine, including the details of Operation Ganga to evacuate Indian nationals, along with some citizens of India’s neighbouring countries, from Ukraine,” the government said in a press release on Sunday.

EMPHASIS ON SELF-RELIANCE

Prime Minister Modi also took a detailed overview of global tech usage in the defence sector and India’s advances in the same.

At the meeting, PM Modi also emphasised integrating the latest technology into India’s security apparatus. The Prime Minister reiterated that every effort must be made to make India self-reliant in the defence sector so that it not only strengthens our security but also enhances economic growth.

BRINGING BACK MORTAL REMAINS

Prime Minister Narendra Modi directed officials to make all possible efforts to bring back the mortal remains of an Indian student, Naveen Shekharappa, who died amid war in Ukraine’s Kharkiv.

PM Modi has held several high-level meetings with union ministers and senior officials ever since Russia announced the full-scale invasion of Ukraine.

Russia launched a military offensive against Ukraine on February 24.

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