Defence Minister Rajnath Singh will launch 'Atma Nirbhar Bharat Saptah' on Monday at 3:30 pm, according to the official statement. Singh also said the Prime Minister Narendra Modi will present a new outline for a self-reliant India on Independence Day.
In a series of tweet, the defence minister said, "Now the Prime Minister has made it clear that when we lay the foundation of a new India, it will be full of self-confidence as well as self-reliance".
यह आत्मनिर्भर भारत कैसा होना चाहिए इसको लेकर किसी के मन में कोई भ्रम नही होना चाहिए। प्रधानमंत्रीजी के नेतृत्व में एक ऐसे आत्मनिर्भर भारत का निर्माण होगा जो रोटी, कपड़ा, मकान के साथ साथ शिक्षा और स्वास्थ्य के मामले में भी आत्मनिर्भर होगा।— Rajnath Singh (@rajnathsingh) August 9, 2020
He also wrote in Hindi that, "PM Narendra Modi is such a leader of this country, who has remoulded social interest issues into people's movement. At present, the 'Swachh Bharat Abhiyan' has transformed into a mass movement in the country".
The defence minister said various departments and ministries of the government are working tirelessly to implement Modi's initiative for a self-reliant India and that it is an attempt to give a fresh dimension to Mahatma Gandhi's push for 'Swadeshi'.
2017 में जब प्रधानमंत्रीजी के नेतृत्व में चम्पारण सत्याग्रह के सौ साल पूरे होने पर देश में नए भारत के निर्माण का उद्घोष किया गया था। अब प्रधानमंत्रीजी ने यह स्पष्ट कर दिया है कि जब हम नए भारत की नींव रखेंगे तो वह आत्मविश्वास से भरपूर होने के साथ-साथ आत्मनिर्भर भी होगा।— Rajnath Singh (@rajnathsingh) August 9, 2020
Yesterday, the 69-year-old defence minister announced restrictions on import of 101 military types of equipment by 2024 to boost domestic production.
Singh said that the coronavirus pandemic has shown that a country may not be able to effectively protect its sovereignty if it is not self-reliant.
"Our government will not allow any harm to India's self-respect and sovereignty at any cost," he said.
Singh said big weapons systems will now be produced in India and the country will look for their export to make it a hub for defence manufacturing.
Singh said the defence ministry has set a target of a turnover of $25 billion (Rs 1.75 lakh crore) in defence manufacturing in the next five years including an aim to export $5 billion (Rs 35,000 crore) worth of military hardware.