Centre to inaugurate UP Defence Industrial Corridor Projects at Aligarh
The announcement of setting up of two corridors – one in Tamil Nadu and the other in UP- exclusively for defense manufacturing in the current year’s budget, is a logical continuum to this policy of the Government.
When the 'Make in India' initiative was launched by the Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi in September 2014 to transform India into a global design and manufacturing hub, Defence Manufacturing was identified as one of the 25 key sectors.
The announcement of setting up of two corridors – one in Tamil Nadu and the other in UP- exclusively for defense manufacturing in the current year's budget, is a logical continuum to this policy of the Government.
In the intervening period of almost 4 years, several steps have been taken to promote indigenization in the defense sector.
The inclusion of the Indigenous Design, Development and Manufacture (IDDM) category and giving it the top priority in the capital acquisition, the introduction of the Make Procedure, simplification of the licensing process and modification of the offset policy, are some of these steps.
Introduction of a more industry-friendly Defence Production Policy, further revisions to the offset policy, simplification of export and import processes are also in progress and are likely to be implemented soon. While these steps are all in the right direction, there is a need for focused action at a localized level and develop specialized zones dedicated to various facets of defense production.
For the corridor in UP, six nodal points have been identified, viz. Agra, Aligarh, Lucknow, Kanpur, Chitrakoot, and Jhansi. Stakeholder interactions have already been held in Lucknow, Kanpur, Agra, and Jhansi. All the interactions have seen a huge response from the industries in and around the locations.
Work on UP Defence Industrial Corridor catches pace. Launch of projects in Aligarh to take place on 11th August. Honorable CM of Uttar Pradesh Shri Yogi Adityanath to grace the occasion. @myogiadityanath pic.twitter.com/i0njnO636y— Defence Production India (@DefProdnIndia) August 8, 2018
The interactive meets were organized by the Indian Industries Association (IIA), which is the largest organization of Small and Medium Industries in UP.
The next day-long interactive session is scheduled in Aligarh, in the hotel The Royal Residency on August 11, 2018. Raksha Mantri, Smt Nirmala Sitharaman and Chief Minister of UP, Shri Yogi Adityanath, Ministers of UP and senior officials of the Central and State Government would be present for the interactions. Senior representatives from the DPSUs, Ordnance Factories and DRDO will also be present.
There will be an exhibition of products by the Armed Forces/DPSUs/DRDO which are planned to be indigenized over the next five years. Interactive sessions with Ambassadors of several countries and captains of the Indian defense industries and the Industry Associations have also been planned.