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New Delhi:

Union minister Rajnath Singh visited the National War Memorial in Delhi on Saturday before formally taking charge as the defence minister, paying tribute to soldiers who laid down their lives for the country post-independence. Army Chief General Bipin Rawat, Air Chief Marshal B.S. Dhanoa, Navy Chief Admiral Karambir Singh were also present.

Earlier, it was reported that three services — Army, Air Force, and Navy have prepared a presentation for the new Defence Minister about their plans for modernization. Singh was allotted the defence ministry after taking oath as union minister on Thursday. He will take over the charge from his predecessor Nirmala Sitaraman, who has been allotted as the finance minister. During the first term of Modi government, Rajnath had handled the Home ministry.

Earlier on Friday, Singh had tweeted, “Shall visit the National War Memorial tomorrow (Saturday) morning and pay tributes to our brave soldiers who sacrificed their lives in service to the nation. Later, I shall be formally taking charge as the RM of this country. Look forward to further strengthen National Security and Defence”.

The defence ministry and the three services have prepared a detailed presentation of their needs that are required for their modernisation. “The defence ministry and the three services have prepared a long list of equipment that is required for their modernization. The defence minister will be given a complete briefing on the major requirements of the three forces,” government officials said.

The three services chiefs are also expected to call on the defence minister on Saturday after he takes over.

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