Defence Minister Current Affairs - 2019

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Defence Minister: attends SCO meeting; signs Bilateral Engagement with Uzbekistan

Defence Minister Raj Nath Singh is to attend key meeting of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) at Tashkent, Uzbekistan. He will also participate in bilateral engagements with the Uzbekistan Government.

The Minister is to represent India in the meeting of Council of Heads of Government (CHG) of SCO at Tashkent. The Council meets to discuss on multilateral economic cooperation in the SCO region.

Highlights of the visit

  • The Minister will sign bilateral agreements and hold a meeting with his Uzbekistan Counterpart. It is to be noted that the first ever India-Uzbekistan bilateral military exercise “Dostlik 2019” is to begin between November 4 and November 13, 2019.
  • The meeting is the third CHG meeting that is being attended by India after it became a member of SCO. The last two meeting were held in 2017 at Sochi, Russia and in 2018 at Dushanbe in Tajikistan.

Council of Heads of Government

The CHG is the second highest decision-making body in the SCO. The Indian representative of the CHG is PM Modi.

The Council of Heads of the State is the top decision-making body in the SCO. It meets during the SCO summits that are held once in a year. President Ram Nath Kovind represents India at the Council.

Defence Minister approves admission of girls in Sainik Schools from 2021

Defence Minister Rajnath Singh has approved a proposal for admission of girl children in Sainik schools across the country. These admissions will start from next academic session (2021-22) in a phased manner. For the smooth implementation of this directive, Defence Ministry has directed all concerned authorities for ensuring availability of necessary infrastructure as well as sufficient female staff in Sainik schools.

Key Highlights

The decision has been taken following the success of pilot project that was started by Union Ministry of Defence for admission of girl children in Sainik School Chhingchhip in Mizoram two years ago.

This decision is in line with Government’s objective towards gender equality, greater inclusiveness and enabling greater participation of women in Armed Forces. It also strengthens the ‘Beti Bachao Beti Padhao’ motto, propagated by Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

About Sainik Schools

These are a system of schools in India established and managed by Sainik Schools Society under Union Ministry of Defence. These schools were conceived by V. K. Krishna Menon (then Defence Minister) in 1961. The objective behind establishing these school was to rectify the regional and class imbalance amongst Officer cadre of Indian Military, and to prepare students for entry into National Defence Academy (NDA) in Khadakwasla, Pune and Indian Naval Academy. As of now there are 27 sainik schools running and proposed for future covering all the Indian states.