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Forthcoming DPP to enable more Effective Public and Private sector Synergy Print E-mail
Written by Ganesh   
Thursday, 16 December 2010
New Delhi: The Defence Production Policy is under formulation which will enable more effective synergy between public and private sectors said Defence Minister Shri AK Antony, while delivering the Inaugural Address during the 5th International Conference on Energizing Indian Aerospace Industry: Achievements and Future Strategies organised by CII and Centre for Air Power Studies (CAPS) in New Delhi.

"Modernisation of our Armed Forces remains the top priority for us. However, despite our best intentions and earmarking huge budgets and allocating money, the modernisation efforts have not borne the desired results," he said.

"We must continuously reduce and even eliminate procedural delays and bottlenecks in our procurement procedures.  It is with this realisation that we have put in place a Defence Procurement Procedure that is amended every year to speed up procurement and bring in fairness and transparency to the system," he added.

Chief of the Air Staff, Air Chief Marshal PV Naik said that no country can be recognized as a reckonable power by being permanently at the mercy of imported arms and equipments to meet its aspirations and agenda.  Our progress in the technological prowess is not in consonance with our objective in achieving overall self-reliance. Therefore, dedicated R&D and Indigenization hold the key in our efforts to achieve self-reliance. The concerned agencies must understand the criticality of self-reliance in aerospace industry. About the induction of Indian built aircrafts, Air Chief Marshal Naik said that Indian Air Force would induct  Light Combat Aircraft by the mid of the next year. Air Chief Marshal also mentioned that government should create conducive environment for private sector through appropriate policies so that critical technologies can be absorbed and the objective of self-reliance be achieved.

"The discussions on the issue of Offsets, in particular, would be of great interest and relevance. While we are willing to learn from international experience, such deliberations also give us an opportunity to remove some undesired and needless misgivings on the issue," the Defence Minister said.

"The spurt in Maintenance, Repair and Overhaul (MRO) industry in the civil aviation sector has shown that India is fast emerging as the favoured destination for such ventures," said Antony.

"The rapid development in material technology means that the onus lies on organisations such as DRDO to devote more and more time, energy and resources to strengthen R&D efforts. These changes must be introduced in a phased, yet time-bound manner to provide state-of-the-art equipment to our military aviators and air warriors," he added.

Chandrajit Banerjee, Director General CII said that CII works with the overall objective of promoting the indigenous Defence Industry. It is now being increasingly realized that the private industry has a larger role to play in realizing the long cherished goal of 70 percent indigenisation. He further said that we look forward to a larger participation of the Indian Industry, particularly private industry, in the aersopace sector.

Air Commodore Jasjit Singh, Director, Centre for Air Power Studies said that we are hopeful that future air warships will not only be built in India but also designed in India. He also said that criteria for offsets should be based on the realities.

Satish K Kaura, Co-chairman CII National Defence Council and Chairman Samtel Group said that Offsets are being viewed upon as a huge opportunity for Indian industry. This is the right time for small and medium sized companies to prepare themselves to offer aerospace technologies to a plethora of new players including aerospace component manufacturers and design houses. He emphasised that the Indian aviation industry is one of the fastest growing aviation industries in the world.

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