Get introduced to the Ministry of Defense in India – MOD

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Ministry of Defense in India – रक्षा मंत्रालय

It is the responsibility of the Government of India to protect India and its citizens from outside threats and attacks. Defending a country is impossible without having strong armed forces. It gave birth to the Ministry of Defense or MOD. The President of India has the supreme power to command the armed forces of India.

The Ministry of Defense provides the policy framework and administers the services of the Armed Forces when it comes to defending the country. The Ministry of Defense’s head is the Defense Minister of India or the Raksha Mantriministry of defense website

The primary function of the Defense Ministry of India is obtaining policy directions from the Government of India on all matters related to national security and defense and then communicating them to the Inter-Service Organizations, Service Headquarters, Production Establishments and Development and Research Organizations for execution. It also ensures the best implementation of the Government’s directions.

Historical Background of the Ministry of Defenseministry of defense image

In 1776, the East India Company created a Military Department in India, which was a colony of the British Empire at that time. At that time the Military Department was a branch of the most significant Public Department. The Department of Defense acquired its new name as the Ministry of Defense or Raksha Mantralaya in August 1947.

Departments of the Ministry of Defense

The Ministry of Defense has the following four departments:

1. Department of Defense or DODdefense

The Department of Defense takes care of Integrated Defense Staff or IDS, three Services and also several Inter-Service Organizations. The Department is also accountable for the defense policy, Defense Budget, Parliamentary matters, etc.

Attached Offices
  • Principal Controller of Defence Accounts (Border Roads)
Subordinate Offices
  • PAO(ORs) Corps of Signal, Pay and Accounts Office, Jabalpur, Madhya Pradesh
Autonomous / Apex Institutions
  • The controller of Defence Accounts, Chennai
  • Sainik School Ghorakhal, Nainital, Uttarakhand
PSUs / Joint Ventures
  • Chief Engineer Delhi Zone, Military Engineer Services
  • Infantry Hostel and Officers Mess, Delhi
Schemes / Programmes and Missions
  • Aero India 2011 – 8th International Exhibition on Aerospace, Defence and Civil Aviation

2. Department of Defense Research and Development or DDR&Dddrd image

A Secretary works as the head of the Department of Defense Research and Development of MOD. His job is to advise the Indian Government on scientific matters of military logistics and equipment, formulation of design, research and also develop plans for specific equipment.

Attached Offices

  • Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO)
  • Naval Research Board (NRB), Defence Research and Development Organization (DRDO), New Delhi
  • Recruitment and Assessment Centre (RAC), Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO)
Apex / Autonomous Bodies / Organisations
  • Aeronautical Development Agency, Ministry of Defence

3. Department of Defense Production or DDPdefense production

This department takes care of matters related to defense production, indigenization of spares, imported stores, equipment and planning of the production of the department.

Attached Offices
  • DGQA – Directorate General of Quality Assurance
  • Directorate of Standardisation
  • Directorate of Standardisation, New Delhi
  • The Directorate General of Aeronautical Quality Assurance
Subordinate Offices
  • Indian Ordnance Factories
Divisions / Units / Wings
  • National Academy of Defence Production (NADP), Nagpur
  • Rifle Factory Ishapore, West Bengal
PSUs / Joint Ventures
  • Bharat Earth Movers Limited (BEML)
  • Bharat Electronics Limited (BEL)
  • Garden Reach Ship Builders and Engineers Limited (GRSE)
  • Goa Shipyard Limited
  • Gun Carriage Factory (GCF), Jabalpur, Madhya Pradesh
  • Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL)
  • Hindustan Shipyard Limited (HSL)
  • Mazagon Dock Shipbuilders Limited
  • Mishra Dhatu Nigam Limited (MIDHANI)

4. Department of Ex-Servicemen Welfareex-servicemen defense

A Secretary is the head of the Department of Ex-Servicemen Welfare. The department has several responsibilities like welfare, resettlement, and payment of pension to ex-servicemen who have provided defense services to the country. You can visit the official website, to get all the information.

Attached Offices
  • Directorate General Resettlement (DGR), Ministry of Defence
Boards / Undertakings
  • Kendriya Sainik Board Secretariat (KSB), Ministry of Defence
Schemes / Programmes and Missions
  • Ex-Servicemen Contributory Health Scheme (ECHS)

Ministry of Defense Website:
Contact Number: 23019474
Email Id:
Address Info:
Room No: 234 – South Block,
New Delhi,