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Rajnath Singh exhorts defense firms to become part of Make in India

Raksha Mantri was speaking at a business seminar ‘India Rising’, organised by the Indian Chamber of Commerce at ‘Defence & Security Exhibition 2019’ in Bangkok, Thailand.


Rajnath Singh exhorts defense firms to become part of Make in India
Raksha Mantri listed out various initiatives taken by the Ministry of Defence (MoD) that led to a rapid increase in exports. Image Credit: Twitter(@rajnathsingh)

Raksha Mantri Shri Rajnath Singh today exhorted defense manufacturing companies to become part of 'Make in India', reaffirming the Government's commitment to achieving USD 26 billion defense industry by 2025. Raksha Mantri was speaking at a business seminar 'India Rising', organised by the Indian Chamber of Commerce at 'Defence & Security Exhibition 2019' in Bangkok, Thailand. He said the defense sector has been given prominence under the 'Make in India' initiative to reduce dependence on imports and make India a major defense manufacturing hub & net exporter of defense equipment and platforms.

Shri Rajnath Singh said, the Government has set a target of taking India's defense exports to USD five billion by 2025 under the 'Draft Defence Production Policy 2018'. "On one hand this target is ambitious, but at the same time it is encouraging that India's defense exports have grown almost six-fold in the last two years," he added. Shri Rajnath Singh said, USD 10 billion investment in aerospace and defense goods & services is expected by 2025 which could provide employment to 2-3 million people.

Raksha Mantri listed out various initiatives taken by the Ministry of Defence (MoD) that led to a rapid increase in exports. These include simplification of procedures for exports, simplification of industry licensing process, increase in Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) cap, streamlining of defense offset policy and making government trial and testing facilities available to the private sector. He added that the 'Defence Procurement Procedure' was revised in 2016 to encourage the domestic defense industry. A new category 'Buy Indian - IDDM (Indigenously Designed, Developed and Manufactured) was introduced to promote indigenous design and development of defense equipment.

"The government's desire to establish two defense corridors in Tamil Nadu & Uttar Pradesh is clear. A Defence Innovation Hub is already functioning in Coimbatore. A Defence Planning Committee has also been formed. In this regard, the Government of Uttar Pradesh has planned to build a defense manufacturing corridor along with the proposed Bundelkh and Expressway which will help in making India self-reliant in the field of defense production," Shri Rajnath Singh added.

Raksha Mantri also highlighted the Government has undertaken far-reaching reforms in the last five and a half years to increase synergy between the public and private sectors. It has contributed positively in defense production and procurement. He said work is on to introduce a common testing and certification scheme under a Public-Private Partnership model to create an enabling environment.

Shri Rajnath Singh voiced the Government's resolve to promote self-reliance in defense through five I's (Identification, Incubation, Innovation, Integration, and Indigenisation). He said MoD has set a target to fund 250 startups, 16 personal initiatives and five Defence Innovation Hubs through Defence Innovation Organisation (DIO) in the next five years. He hoped that at least 50 technological designs would be made to meet the requirements of the Armed Forces. A Defence Innovation Fund is also being prepared to support government participation through equity investment in defense startups.

"A new Transfer of Technology (ToT) policy is being created to simplify the way of transferring technology developed by DRDO to the industry. So far, more than 900 ToT licensing agreements have been signed with industries which is a major step towards making the defense manufacturing sector self-sufficient," Shri Rajnath Singh added.

Raksha Mantri invited domestic and overseas investors to actively participate in the forthcoming DefExpo to be held in Uttar Pradesh capital Lucknow from February 5-8, 2020.

(With Inputs from PIB)


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