Nagaland Chief Minister Neiphiu Rio called on Defence Minister Rajnath Singh at South Block on Wednesday.

Sources said Rio discussed the prevailing situation of Nagaland with Singh. During the meeting, Rio also briefed Singh about the steps taken to contain Covid19 infection in the state.

“The Chief Minister of Nagaland Neiphiu Rio called on Raksha Mantri Rajnath Singh in New Delhi,” the Office of Defence Minister tweeted.

As the meeting was held amid the COVID-19 pandemic, both Rio and Singh were seen wearing masks as well as maintaining social distancing.

Meanwhile, considering the security environment due to prevailing situation along the Northern Borders and the need to strengthen the Armed Forces for the Defence of India’s borders, a Special Meeting of the Defence Acquisition Council (DAC) was held today under the chairmanship of Defence Minister.

The DAC delegated the powers for progressing urgent Capital Acquisition Cases up to Rs 300 crores to the Armed Forces to meet their emergent operational requirements.

“This will shrink the procurement timelines and ensure placement of orders within six months and commencement of deliveries within one year,” officials said.

Meanwhile, the Government has taken a decision to allow Invalid Pension to Armed Forces Personnel with less than 10 years of qualifying service. Invalid pension is granted to the Armed Forces Personnel who is invalided out of service on account of disability.

The proposal has been approved by Defence Minister Singh.

Officials said that the benefit of this decision will be available to those Armed Forces Personnel who were in service on or after 04.01.2019.

Earlier, the minimum period of qualifying service rendered and required for an invalid pension was 10 years or more. For less than 10 years of qualifying service, invalid gratuity was admissible.

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