Nirmala Sitharaman takes over as Defence Minister – Second Lady after Indira Gandhi to take charge

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Smt. Nirmala Sitharaman being greeted by the Minister of State for Defence, Dr. Subhash Ramrao Bhamre after taking charge as the Union Minister for Defence, in New Delhi on September 07, 2017.
Smt. Nirmala Sitharaman being greeted by the Minister of State for Defence, Dr. Subhash Ramrao Bhamre after taking charge as the Union Minister for Defence, in New Delhi on September 07, 2017.
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Nirmala Sitharaman takes over as Defence Minister 

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

Smt Sitharaman is the first full time Woman Defence Minister of India. Immediately after assuming office, the Defence Minister 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.

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