New Delhi : The Defence Ministry has asked the Intelligence Bureau to keep an eye on private sector defence companies to prevent leakage of classified information about Indian military projects to foreign nationals, reports PTI.

The move has come at a time when the Modi government is taking several steps to promote private sector in the military industrial sector and a number of such new firms are expected to come up in the near future.

“The CEOs of private sector firms will have to report to the Intelligence Bureau about the visit of foreign nationals within 15 days of any such visit to their production facility,” says a Defence Ministry circular.  These firms will have to compulsorily provide details of the purpose and the details of the visits by these foreign nationals to the Intelligence Bureau, it said.

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