To encourage more participation of Indian industry, including Start-ups and Micro, Small & Medium Enterprises (MSMEs) in Defence Research & Development (R&D) for achieving ‘Atmanirbhar Bharat’, Defence Minister Rajnath Singh released a new version of Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) Procurement Manual 2020 (PM-2020) on October 20, 2020. Speaking on the occasion, Rajnath Singh said, “The new DRDO Procurement Manual will facilitate the indigenous Defence Industry by simplifying the processes and ensure their participation in design and development activities. The PM-2020 will help towards realising Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s dream of ‘Aatmanirbhar Bharat’.” The PM-2020, will facilitate faster execution of R&D projects/programmes. The modified features the Manual will go a long way to facilitate participation of industry in various R&D projects. Also present were included Secretary Department of Defence Research & Development and Chairman DRDO Dr G. Satheesh Reddy, Secretary (Defence Finance) Gargi Kaul and other senior officials of Ministry of Defence.