‘Govt planning defence cluster in Jabalpur’

Source: The Hitavada      Date: 07 Jun 2018 11:04:53


Staff Reporter

“Government is preparing to develop next Defence Cluster in Jabalpur. There are no plans pertaining to closure of defence establishments in Jabalpur, including Vehicle Factory, Ordnance Factory and others institutions in Jabalpur. The Vehicle Factory Jabalpur (VFJ) is in transition phase and in coming days, it would improve and have sufficient workload,” said Sunil Kumar Chourasia, Chairman, Ordnance Factory Board while addressing the special programme on “Role of Defence Establishments in Development of Mahakoshal Region” organised by Mahakoshal Chamber of Commerce and Indsutry (MCCI), on Wednesday.

OFB Chairman, Chourasia added that PSD of 5 per cent for MSME is proposed. The Government is making efforts to modernise the payment system and systematically, payments should be made in every 30 days. Besides this, he assured that more opportunities would be given to the ancillary industries of Defence units to upgrade their production system and to develop products as per need. In new defense procurement manual, under the Ease of Doing Business policy of the Government of India, various provisions are being made for the development and welfare of MSME. Citing an example of fuse used in Defence, OFB Chairman said the MSMEs should work on developing the components as, in defence establishments, the particular design of fuse has huge demand, but to meet the demand, the manufacturers are not available. MCCI President, Ravi Gupta welcomed the OFB Chairman and described the problems, grievances of defence ancillary units situated in Jabalpur and adjoining districts. He appealed the Chairman to clear the position of privatisation of defence foundries in Jabalpur and if has to done, then should be done on priority so that valuable machinery in the factories could be saved from getting scrap.

Senior General Manager, OFK, A K Agrawal, mentioning this meet as a coordination meeting between Factory Board Management and industrialists, assured to hold such coordination meetings in future too. GIF General Manager, D K Bangotra emphasized over work by the ancillary units and defence foundries under the Make In India. He termed the long-term contract as need of time. On this occasion, MCCI office bearers welcomed OFB Chairman, Chourasia with shawl, shreephal. Yuvraj Garhawal convened the programme, while Shantibhai Patel proposed vote of thanks. In the programme, Rajesh Chandok, Akhil Mishra, Shankar Nagdeo, Banshilal Gupta, Arvind Badshah, Amit Jain, Alok Gupta, Radheshyam Bansal, Ashok Gupta, Shriram Sharma, Satish Gupta, Sameer Pal, Vinod Paharia and others.