Defense Minister of India 2024

The Defense Minister is the head of the Ministry of Defense of the Government of India. The Defense Minister additionally serves as the President of the Institute of Defense Studies and the Institute, as the Vice-Chancellor of the Defense Institute of Technology and the National Defense University. The first Defense Minister of independent India was Baldev Singh, who served in the cabinet of Prime Minister Jawaharlal Nehru during 1947–52. Rajnath Singh is the current Defense Minister of India.

Ministry of Defense (India):

The main function of the Ministry of Defense is to formulate policy directions on matters relating to defense and security and transmit them to the headquarters of the Security Forces, Inter-Service Organisations, Defense Product Establishments and R. D. Organizations. It is also their job to implement the policy directions of the government effectively and keeping in mind the allocated resources.

The Ministry of Defense is a combination of four departments. This includes the Department of Defense (DoD), Department of Defense Excise (DDP), Department of Defense Research and Development (DDRD) and Department of Ex-Servicemen Welfare and Finance.

Major Functions of the Ministry of Defence :

  • The Department of Defense carries out the responsibilities of the Integrated Defense Staff and the three Services and various inter-service organisations. Defense budget, establishment work, defense policy, issues related to Parliament, defense cooperation with foreign countries and coordination of all activities are the responsibilities of this department.
  • It is headed by the Principal Secretary of the Department of Defense Production and deals with the functions of Defense Production, Indigenization of Imported Stock, Equipment and Spare Parts and Arms Factory Board and control of Departmental Production Units of Public Sector Defense Enterprises.
  • The Department of Defence, Research and Development is headed by a Principal Secretary who is also an advisor to the Defense Minister. Its task is to make plans for research, design and development related to the scientific aspect of military equipment, operations and equipment used by the army.
  • The Department of Ex-Servicemen/Defence Personnel Welfare is headed by an Additional Secretary. It is responsible for the execution of issues related to pensionable ex-servicemen, ex-employees health scheme, re-employment and the Directorate General of Kendriya Sainik Board and pension rules of the three defense services.

Current Defense Minister of India 2024:

Rajnath Singh is the current Defense Minister of India. She was the Minister of Home Affairs of India from 26 May 2014 to 30 May 2019, before becoming Defense Minister on 31 May 2019 Nirmala Sitharaman was India's first full-time woman Defense Minister before Rajnath Singh, although Indira Gandhi served as Prime Minister in additional He took over this ministry as an assignment. Rajnath Singh has also been the former president of the current ruling party Bharatiya Janata Party.

List of Defense Ministers of India: (1947-2024):

Name of Railway Minister tenure
Baldev Singh 15 August 1947 May 15, 1952
N.Gopalaswami Iyengar May 13, 1952 10 February 1953
Jawaharlal Nehru (Prime Minister) 27 January 1953 10 January 1955
Dr. Kailash Nath Katju 10 January 1955 30 January 1957
Jawaharlal Nehru (Prime Minister) 30 January 1957 17 April 1957
V. K. Krishna Menon 17 April 1957 01 November 1962
Jawahar Lal Nehru (Prime Minister) 01 November 1962 21 November 1962
Y B Chauhan 21 November 1962 13 November 1966
Sardar Swarna Singh 13 November 1966 June 27, 1970
Jagjivan Ram June 27, 1970 10 October 1974
Sardar Swaran Singh 10 October 1974 01 December 1975
Indira Gandhi (Prime Minister) 01 December 1975 21 December 1975
Bansi Lal 21 December 1975 24 March 1977
Jagjivan Ram 28 March 1977 27 July 1979
C. Subramaniam July 30, 1970 14 January 1980
Indira Gandhi (Prime Minister) 14 January 1980 15 January 1982
R Venkataraman 15 January 1982 01 August 1984
S. B. Chauhan 01 August 1984 31 December 1984
P. V. Narasimha Rao January 01, 1985 September 24  1985
Rajiv Gandhi (Prime Minister) September 25, 1985 24 January 1987
V. P. Singh 15 January 1987 12 April 1987
K. C. Pant 18 April 1987 03 December 1989
V. P. Singh (Prime Minister) 06 December 1989 10 November 1990
Chandra Shekhar (Prime Minister) 21 November 1990 June 20, 1991
P. V. Narasimha Rao (Prime Minister) June 21, 1991 June 25, 1991
Sharad Pawar 26 June 1991 05 March 1993
P. V. Narasimha Rao (Prime Minister) 05 March 1993 May 16, 1996
Pramod Mahajan May 17, 1996 May 31, 1996
Mulayam Singh Yadav June 01, 1996 March 19, 1998
George Fernandez March 19, 1998 15 March 2001
Jaswant Singh 16 March 2001 14 October 2001
George Fernandez 15 October 2001 May 22, 2004
Pranab Mukherjee May 23, 2004 24 October 2006
A. K. Antony 25 October 2006 May 26, 2014
Arun Jaitley May 27, 2014 08 November 2014
Manohar Parrikar November 09, 2014 March 13, 2017
Arun Jaitley March 13, 2017 September 03, 2017
Nirmala Sitharaman September 03, 2017 May 31, 2019
Rajnath Singh May 31, 2019 deputy

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