Tamil Nadu will host its first-ever bi-annual defence exhibition in April: Sitharaman

Union Minister Nirmala Sitharaman at Parliament House on Wednesday. Express Photo Praveen Jain. 08.02.2017. *** Local Caption *** Union Minister Nirmala Sitharaman at Parliament House on Wednesday. Express Photo Praveen Jain. 08.02.2017.

Vastavam web: Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman said today Tamil Nadu will host its first-ever bi-annual defence exhibition in April.The exhibition will take place from April 11 to 14 and nearly 80 countries are expected to take part in it.Sitharaman said the ministry officials had earlier visited several states to hold the event and the Tamil Nadu government immediately came forward and alloted land for the same on the East Coast Road near Mahabalipuram.

“Usually, the event is conducted by February end. Because of certain changes in the ministry, we had to take a call and I am grateful to the Tamil Nadu government for having helped us by providing land,” she said.In a bid to promote small industries, huge discounts would be offered to them to set up stalls at the exhibition, she said.Referring to the two-day meet, Sitharaman appealed to the Defence firms to utilise the opportunity as officials of the ministry were available to offer any assistance.On Transfer of Technology, Sitharaman said already 35 companies from Tamil Nadu have signed (TOT) for supply of defence equipment.