Ordnance Factory Board working on self-sufficiency in design, R&D

Source: The Hitavada      Date: 07 Sep 2017 10:10:04


By Kaushik Bhattacharya,

Saurabh Kumar, Member (A&E) of OFB, visits Ordnance Factory Ambajhari and stresses the need for Ordnance Factories to work on design part more seriously

Ordnance Factory Board (OFB) is working on a plan to become self-sufficient in design along with production of arms and ammunition with the twin objectives of reducing imports and meeting nation’s requirements.

“Ordnance factories are engaged in making Defence hardware for the armed forces rendering direct service to the nation. Now, the time has come for the Ordnance factories to work in Research and Development sector to provide our buyers state-of-the-art products,” Saurabh Kumar, Member (Ammunition and Explosives), OFB, told senior officials of Ordnance Factory Ambajhari (OFAJ) during his visit to OFAJ on Wednesday.

Against the backdrop of the recent remarks by the Indian Army top brass regarding need for Ordnance factories to engage more in Research and Development (R&D), OFB’s plan for attaining self-sufficiency and focussing more on R&D assumes significance. Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) is the body that looks after R&D part of Defence equipments for armed forces.
According to a senior Ordnance officer, Saurabh Kumar told the officers that OFB too had skilled brains along with hands and now every individual would to work on design part seriously to encourage new products.

It may be mentioned here that Saurabh Kumar had headed OFAJ as General Manager and Senior General Manager for three years.
While addressing the OFAJ officers during his visit on Wednesday, Saurabh Kumar further said that OFB had started production of Bimodular Charge Systems (propellants) at its factory at Nalanda for
high-calibre artillery guns, Dhanush and Bofors, with the objective of meeting the country’s demand. He urged the officers to always remain motivated towards their job.

Sources said that Saurabh Kumar explained to the officers that Ordnance factories would not be short of workload in the coming years, but there had to be flexibility in approach to work
with new thinking. In the process, concepts like Sunday Over Time (OT) working would not exist. In the current financial year, Ministry of Defence (MOD) has done away with the concept of OT that employees of Ordnance factories get instead of a leave on a working day.

Saurabh Kumar also interacted with Joint Consultative Machinery (JCM) members and Works Committee members during his visit. He urged the worker members to join hands with the management in increasing production as armed forces required more equipment.
Ravindran Viswanathan, General Manager, OFAJ was also present during Saurabh Kumar’s visit and meetings. Saurabh Kumar also visited the estate, mainly the newly constructed ‘Jal Vihar’, children park etc.