Nirmala Sitharaman: First Woman Defence Minister of India

Nirmala Sitharaman taking charge as the Union Minister for Defence, in New Delhi on September 07, 2017
Nirmala Sitharaman taking charge as the Union Minister for Defence, in New Delhi on September 07, 2017

In today’s increasingly specialized and cut-throat world, a person needs in-depth knowledge and extensive domain expertise to handle a particular department even in a small company. But it is highly unfortunate that people with no qualification or expertise become Prime Ministers, ministers, and bureaucrats in India to manage highly complex domains of governance. That’s why India continues to be a poor, underdeveloped country. ~ Rakesh Raman


Nirmala Sitharaman took over charge as Defence Minister of India on Thursday. On her arrival at the Ministry of Defence in South Block, she was received by outgoing Defence Minister Arun Jaitley, Minister of State for Defence Subhash Bhamre, Defence Secretary Sanjay Mitra, Defence Secretary (Defence Production) A.K. Gupta, Chairman DRDO & Secretary Department of Defence R&D S. Christopher and other senior officials.

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According to a government communique, Sitharaman is the first full time woman Defence Minister of India. Immediately after assuming office, she approved a grant of over Rs. 13 crore which will be released for 8685 ex-servicemen, widows and dependants out of the Armed Forces Flag Day Fund.

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

Photo courtesy: Press Information Bureau

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