Secretary Industries, Government of Odisha, Mr. Sanjeev Chopra on Tuesday made a strong pitch to Defence Industry for their participation in the Aerospace and Defence opportunities that Odisha had on offer at the ‘Aerospace & Defence Manufacturing Session”.
The event was organised by Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FICCI) on November 13, 2018 as part of the Make in Odisha Conclave 2018.
Mr Chopra briefed the industry on the comprehensive ecosystem in place and the policy measures that have been initiated, including the recently announced Aerospace and Defence Manufacturing policy aimed at creating a robust defence industrial base.
Mr Ravin Kulshrestha, Director Planning and Coordination, Department of Defence Production, Ministry of Defence reaffirmed Government of India’s support to the Defence Industry and spoke about the initiatives by Government of India and the opportunities that are available in the Defence sector.
Mr Kulshrestha detailed the enabling factors for MSMEs to contribute to India’s defence production.
Maj Gen PS Bhatia VSM, Commandant Army Air Defence College, Indian Army emphasized on collaborative approach by user, Industry and Academia to cater to the needs of armed forces.
He added that in the last two years Industry and academia have come out with path breaking solutions to the problem statements of Indian Army and mentioned that further strengthening the user-industry-academia interface will be a win-win situation for all.
While pitching for a strong public – private partnership, Mr. D K Hota, Chairman and Managing Director, Bharat Earth Movers Limited enlightened the audience on initiatives taken by BEML to develop a strong defence vendor base across the country.
Lt Gen Subrata Saha PVSM, UYSM, YSM, VSM** (Retd.), Former Deputy Chief of Army Staff (P&S), Indian Army in his opening remarks appreciated the efforts of Government of Odisha for according priority to the defence & aerospace manufacturing and was confident that industry will make use of the conducive business environment in Odisha to their advantage.
Lt Gen Saha moderated a panel discussion which had participation of members from Defence Public Sector Undertakings, Large Scale Indian Private players and Foreign OEMs.
The panel members discussed about challenges and the expectations of the Indian industry to contribute to Odisha government’s Aerospace & Defence manufacturing vision.