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New Delhi : Minister of State for Defence Shripad Yesso Naik handed over  one lakh Bulletproof Jacket (BPJ)  to the Chief of Army Staff  General M M Naravane at a ceremony held in New Delhi on January 6, 2021.

Speaking on the occasion, Naik said that the Government has honoured its commitment of protecting the precious lives of our soldiers fighting the enemy. He said the government led by Prime Minister Narendra Modi places high emphasis on the operational safety of our soldiers.

Naik assured that “the Government will ensure that the soldiers are provided with the best of weapons and protective armour and such requirements will always remain uppermost in priority. He appreciated the manufacturers, M/s SMPP Pvt Ltd for supplying the first one lakh Jackets, four months ahead of the delivery schedule.

He also said that the BPJ being supplied is an indigenous product under Make in India and the company is even exporting the product all over the world making India a global hub for supply of such Defence ware in line with the Aatamnirbhar Bharat initiative of the government, according to a PIB release. He said this Jacket has been appreciated by the soldiers who are using them  on the borders and in countering insurgency.

The ceremony was also attended by Raj Kumar Secretary (Defence Production), Lt Gen A K Samantara, DG Infantry,  Lt Gen R K Malhotra DG DGQA, and Lt Gen H S Kahlon, DG CD.