Chief Minister of Uttar Pradesh, Yogi Adityanath urged Defence Minister, Nirmala Sitharaman to host prestigious Aero India show in Lucknow. Yogi Adityanath was speaking on the occassion of inauguration of UP Defence Industrial Corridor here in Aligarh today. Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman inaugurated UP Defence Industrial Corridor in presence of UP Chief Minister Yogi Aditya Nath, UP Industry minister Sathish Mahana and defence industry leaders. Nirmala Sitharaman promised to buy defence product developed by MSMEs in the corridor for 10 years to boost indigenous production.
Shailesh Kumar, National Defence
Aligarh, 11 Auguest 2018
With the development of Defence Corridor, districts like Agra, Aligarh, Jhansi, Kanpur, Lucknow and Chitrakut are likely to see a sudden spurt in infrastructure development and employment generation as many defence companies promised to invest in the corridor. The setting up of defence corridor will further boost the prospects of “Make In India” program advocated by Prime Minister Narendra Modi.
“To execute Prime Minister’s ‘Make In India’ to make India self reliant in defence sector, Defence Minister took interest in Uttar Pradesh, for which I thank her”, said Yogi Adityanath, Chied Minsiter of Uttar Pradesh.
“Aligarh is not famous only for lock industry but also for its hardware. When the setting up of two defence corridor in general budget announced, immediately after I met our defence minister and invited to participate in our investor meet with a request to explore setting up of defence corridor in UP. I am thankful to Raksha Mantri, Nirmala Sitharaman and Prime Minister, Narendra Modi for defence corridors in UP”.
“We have identified 4000 hectare land on Jhansi- Bundelkhand expressway and in Aligarh 263 hectare land is identified in Uttar Pradesh. We have already drafted our defence and aerospace policy. We will extend our cooperation to our defence companies in private and public sector”, CM Yogi added.
To execute the corridor, Defence Ministry officials met the industry leaders in Agra, Kanpur, Jhansi, Lucknow in Industry meet.
Ajay Kumar, Secretary, Defence Production said, “I on behalf of Defence Ministry thank UP Government because of whom the defence corridor project moved ahead. The UP Government has also appointed consultant. This will encourage employment and investment generation in UP”.
“Today under Make-II, the delay is reduced by 1/3rd. Licensing is made easy and 2/3 items no longer require licenses now. FDI has become easy in defence sector. We have opened the opportunities in export too besides what manufacturers supply to Indian Armed Forces”.
“Aligarh has been an industrial hub. The lock industry is already famous. The engineering is famous. 35,000 MSMEs are already operating here”.
“A monitoring mechanism is deviced for moving projects ahead to ensure timely investment”.
A film on the small and medium industry of Aligarh centered around lock industry was also shown during inauguration.
“Investors has accepted UP as new industrial hub. A new industrial age has stared in UP”, said Satish Mahana, Industry Minister of Uttar Pradesh.
“UP is going to see industrial age in the leadership of Yogi Adityanath. Our Prime Minister says that the MSMEs are very important for industrialiazation. He urged defence industry to come and investment in UP”, Dr Subhash Bhamre.
T Suvarna Raju, Chairman HAL has said that his DPSUs will invest Rs. 1200 crore in Industrial Corridor.
MKU chairman, Manoj Gupta, has promised investment of Rs 900 crore in the industrial corridor and likely to provide fresh employment to some 600 people.
PK Srivastava, Chairman OFB said, “OFB is the biggest defence manufacturing unit in the country and contributed in 17295 crore turn over. Rs 3000 crore was just by OFB only.
UP Industry Defence Corridore will barrel, artillery gun, tank guns, Pinaca rocket system, parachute, LMG, rifles, carbines etc manufactured.
Dhanush is fully indigenously developmed artillery gun manufactured in Kanpur. Bofors test centre has placed order of manufacturing of 155×52 gun that shows our technical capabilities.
Air Marshal NP Singh, CEO of Bharat Forge, flagship company of Kalyani Group has announced setting up of manufacturing unit at Lalitpur- Jhansi with an investment of Rs 200 crore and would generate employment for 500 professionals in primary manufacturing and 1000 in secondary manufacturing.
Bharat Electronics Limited runs 9 manufacturing hubs.BEL is to start a new product support service centre in Agra with investment of 40 crores in next 2 crores. And would upgrade Ghaziabad facilities with Rs 200 crore investment.
Boeing India CEO Pratyush Kumar has said that we have propelled Rs 1000 crore in India and Rs 5000 crore in Infrastructure, which is however, is not direct investment.
Boeing with HAL will start support production in Uttar Pradesh. HAL has taken over a defunct Naini Aerospace Limited and will induct the trainees from world class institutions, Pratyush Kumar informed.
When the ‘Make in India’ initiative was launched by the Prime Minister Narendra Modi in September 2014 to transform India into a global design and manufacturing hub, Defence Manufacturing was identified as one of the 25 key sectors. The announcement of setting up of two corridors – one in Tamil Nadu and the other in UP- exclusively for defence manufacturing in the current year’s budget, is a logical continuum to this policy of the Government. In the intervening period of almost 4 years, several steps have been taken to promote indigenisation in the defence sector.
The inclusion of the Indigenous Design, Development and Manufacture (IDDM) category and giving it the top priority in capital acquisition, introduction of the Make Procedure, simplification of the licensing process and modification of the offset policy, are some of these steps. Introduction of a more industry friendly Defence Production Policy, further revisions to the offset policy, simplification of export and import processes are also in progress and are likely to be implemented soon. While these steps are all in the right direction, there is a need for focussed action at a localised level and develop specialised zones dedicated to various facets of defence production.
For the corridor in UP, six nodal points have been identified, viz. Agra, Aligarh, Lucknow, Kanpur, Chitrakoot and Jhansi. Stakeholder interactions have already been held in Lucknow, Kanpur, Agra and Jhansi. All the interactions have seen huge response from the industries in and around the locations. The interactive meets were organised by the Indian Industries Association (IIA), which is the largest organisation of Small and Medium Industries in UP.