Pallam Raju clarifies Shortfall in Production of Indigenous Naval Warships
Written by Anand   
Friday, 26 August 2011
New Delhi: Minister of State for Defence Shri MM Pallam Raju told the Rajya Sabha that the CAG Report on the indigenous construction of Indian naval warships, presented to the Parliament in March 2011, includes a number of observations and recommendations relating to more efficient project management, better coordination amongst various agencies involved in the process, and improved financial controls.

He said that the report acknowledges that India has attained credible capacity in warship building over the years. The Report does not contain any observations on an alarming fall in the productivity of Indian shipyards.

It acknowledges that warship building, on its own, is a complex, time- consuming and iterative activity. This situation becomes more complex as a result of our dependency on foreign sources for procurement of major weapons and sensors, and also our aspirations for increased indigenous content in Indian warships, leading to delays in the process of delivery of ships.

To meet the growing requirements of indigenous shipbuilding and to adopt modern shipbuilding methods, Defence PSUs have embarked on yard modernization projects with the support of the Ministry of Defence. Further, initiatives have also been taken by Defence PSUs with support of the Ministry to induct modern build technologies for faster construction of naval warships.

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