The objective of the Atmanirbhar Bharat, or self-reliant India marketing campaign is to make India one of many greatest army powers on the planet by creating a contemporary army business within the nation, stated Prime Minister Narendra Modi Friday as he inaugurated seven new Defence Public Sector Units (DPSUs). The items have been carved out of the erstwhile Ordnance Factory Board (OFB) which grew to become defunct on the finish of September.
“Atmanirbhar Bharat abhiyaan ke tahat desh ka lakshya bharat ko apne dum par duniya ki badi sainya taakat banana ka hai, bharat mein aadhunik sainya institute ke vikaas ka hai. (Under the self-reliant India campaign, country’s goal is to make India a major military power on its own, and to develop a modern military industry),” he stated.
The seven new DPSUs, that commenced enterprise from October 1, are: Munitions India Limited (MIL); Armoured Vehicles Nigam Limited (AVANI); Advanced Weapons and Equipment India Limited (AWE India); Troop Comforts Limited (TCL) (Troop Comfort Items); Yantra India Limited (YIL); India Optel Limited (IOL) and Gliders India Limited (GIL).
The PM stated that as India entered its 75th 12 months of Independence, the nation is making “new resolutions to build a new future”.
“The decision to revamp 41 Ordnance Factories and the launch of seven new companies is a part of this resolution journey of the country. This decision was pending for the last 15-20 years…the ordnance factories, with over 150 years of experience, were once counted among the most powerful institutions in the world” .
“After Independence, we needed to upgrade these factories, adopt new age technology. But they were not given much attention, and over time, India became dependent on foreign countries for its strategic needs,” he stated.
Today, he stated there may be “more transparency, trust, and technology driven approach in the defence sector of the country than ever before” and added that “many major reforms have happened in the defence sector”.
He urged the brand new firms to deal with innovation and analysis, saying, “you not only have to match the world’s biggest companies, but also take the lead in future technology. So, it is important that you think new, and give maximum opportunity to research oriented youth.”
Modi stated that the seven new DPSUs have been given orders price Rs 65,000 crore. All of those are indents pending with the OFB which have been transformed to extra accountable contracts.
Trying to placate the workers of those firms as many unions opposed the corporatisation of OFB, Modi stated beneath the brand new association “the talent that we have in our ordnance factories, who want to innovate, will get complete freedom to showcase their talent… With your expertise, the products that you will show by making them will not only increase the capacity of India’s defence sector, but will also remove the gap that had come after Independence.”
Speaking earlier than Modi’s video message was performed, Defence Minister Rajnath Singh stated the thought behind corporatisation of the OFB by dividing its 41 factories among the many seven new DPSUs is “to promote self-reliance in order to improve the functioning, and defence preparedness of the armed forces”. He stated the “objective of this restructuring is to transform ordnance factories into productive, and profitable assets; improve expertise in the product range; increase in competitiveness; and enhance the quality and cost-efficiency”.
Need for innovation
While the objective of self-reliance in defence is noble, making these seven new DPSUs because the Atmanirbhar engine in defence would require extra that simply restructuring of the now defunct OFB. They would want to instill a tradition of innovation to satisfy the wants of future, one thing that has eluded the present DPSUs.