National Defence Bureau,
New Delhi, 31 December 2018
Saurabh Kumar, IOFS, took over from Shd P K Shrivastava, IOFS, Director General of Ordnance Factories (DGOF) and Chairman of the Ordnance Factory Board (OFB) upon the latter’s superannuation at the OFB Kolkata today.
Kumar, an IOFS offrcer of the 1982 batch, is an M-Tech in mechanical engineering from the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Kanpur. An expert in the manufacture of ordnance, Shri Kumar was on deputation to the Ministry of Defence at Delhi as the Director of Planning and Coordination from 2002 to 2009. During this period, he was involved in drafting the Indian offset policy for defence purchases and the ‘Make’ procedure in the Defence Procurement Procedure of 2003-04, which incorporated the recommendations of the Arun Singh Committee.
Kumar was also instrumental in piloting the proposals and obtaining the approval of the Govemment for setting up two new greenfield Ordnance Factories at Nalanda and Korwa in Bihar and Uttar Pradesh respectively.
Kumar, as the General Manager of the Engine Factory at Avadi (2012-13) was involved in operationalising the project and initiating an indigenization programme which culminated in the handing over of fully indigenous engines of T-90 ‘Bhishma’ and T-72’Ajeya’tanks to the Raksha Mantri in July 2018. Kumar’s tenure saw the establishment of the vendor base that led to this achievement. There was a dramatic increase in production of new engines by 30% during his tenure.
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