Defense Minister Nirmala Sitharaman to meet Service chiefs daily

All-woman Navy team sets off from Goa to sail around the globe

Former defence minister Arun Jaitley had refuted the CAG report on the alleged shortage of ammunition when it had been submitted to parliament, saying that the report only mentioned the ammunition stocks at a particular point in time.

"When I met with the reporters, there was a question about the preparedness of the army and if there was a lack of ammunition in the defence forces".

Expressing her gratitude towards her predecessor and Goa Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar, Sitharaman said he "has been a very inspiring political mentor". It is a continuous process.

The NDA government on last Sunday announced Sitharaman's elevation from the relatively low -profile Commerce Ministry to the Defence Ministry, making her the second woman in the high-profile Cabinet Committee on Security (CCS) along with External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj.

"It's not been an easy journey in terms of preparation but as they say "the more you sweat in peace, the less you bleed in war", she added.

The CAG report which was tabled in the Parliament Monsoon Session 2017, criticised the state-run Ordnance Factory Board (OFB) for an inadequate quantity of ammunition supplied to the Army since March 2013.

When asked about the CAG report on Sunday, Sitharaman was reported to have said that the facts in the CAG report were wrong and that it was pointless to debate on the matter.

Our defence forces need to be completely prepared.

The statement said the minister, who took charge last Thursday, has held a number of meetings with senior officials to familiarise with the activities and functioning of the Defence Ministry and has already issued "clear directions" on "critical issues".

The Minister was presented a Guard of Honour by the Air Warriors on her arrival at the base.She was also briefed on the air base's role and nature of air operations undertaken from there.

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