New Delhi: Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar was on Tuesday given a detailed briefing by the top echelons of the Ministry as well as the three service chiefs on various matters including acquisition proposals and processes, and issues at the boundary.
Defence Secretary R K Mathur gave the first detailed briefing to the new Minister, who took charge yesterday, that lasted for nearly two hours.
During this, Parrikar was briefed of the structures and functions of various departments under the Ministry.
The Minister, who arrived at 8:30 AM, was also given a briefing on the acquisition process, Ministry sources said, adding that specific projects were not discussed in detail.
Parrikar had yesterday stressed that the acquisition process under him would be transparent but fast. The Defence acquisition process in the past 10 years had slowed down and defence deals were often seen to be mired in corruption.
The briefing by the Defence Secretary was followed by that of the Army which took place inside the Military Operation room in the South Block.
During this briefing, where Army chief Gen Dalbir Singh Suhag was also present, the new Minister was given an overall view of the force's operation, requirements and issues at the boundary, the sources said.
After this, Navy Chief Admiral R K Dhowan briefed Parrikar in the Naval Operation room.
He later visited the Air Headquarters here to get a briefing by the Chief of the Air Staff, Air Chief Marshal Arup Raha.
The sources said Parrikar, who is likely to leave for Goa tomorrow afternoon, would also be visiting some field areas in the coming days.