Sitharaman was speaking at a seminar organised by the Associated Chambers of Commerce and Industry of India (ASSOCHAM) on 'Bolstering make in India in Defence' at the Defence Exposition 2018 premises.
"This year we will highlight India as a manufacturer of defence products and country's export potential. Defence Expo is being held in Chennai as we are also planning defence corridor in Tamil Nadu. The region has strong presence of defence manufacturers," Sitharaman said while addressing the gathering.
"I am also telling the forces to procure from the indigenous sources, but the forces are free to decide what they need for their readiness. They are free to choose their equipment," Sitharaman added.
Sitharaman also said that, Indian Industry has reached great heights particularly in engineering and automobile sectors.
The event will underscore India's first serious attempt to project itself as a major military manufacturer. (ANI)