Nirmala assumes office

India’s first full time Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman 58,took charge in Thursday and decided to induct about 800 women in the Corps of Military Police in a phased manner. She resolved to work hard and said that she will be available 24/7 to ensure that defence related issues are attended to.

She also promised to enhance the military preparedness of the country and ensure the welfare of soldiers. On assuming office,she approved a grant of about Rs13 crore to be released to 8,685 ex-servicemen,widows and dependants out of the Armed Forces Flag Day Fund.