OFB dissolved: After Make in India, India is now on the path of ‘Make for the World’ in the defense sector. This will be possible with the formation of seven separate defense companies of the Ordnance Factory Board (OFB), a government undertaking that manufactures ammunition, tanks and cannons for the country. This claim was made by the country’s Defense Minister Rajnath Singh during the Ayudha Puja on the occasion of Vijayadashami.
On Friday, on the occasion of Dussehra, Defense Minister Rajnath Singh performed weapon-worship of weapons made by Ordnance Factory Board (OFB) in the capital Delhi and duly announced the conversion of OFB into seven different Defense-PSUs ie Public Sector Units. During this, National Security Advisor (NSA) Ajit Doval, Minister of State for Defense Ajay Bhatt, Defense Secretary Ajay Kumar and Air Chief Air Chief Marshal VR Chaudhary were also present.
On the occasion of corporatization of OFB, Prime Minister Narendra Modi himself should also join this program virtually. PM Modi while addressing the program said, “OFB has a long experience of making weapons in the country (about 200 years). Even during the World War, the world had seen the power of these OFB factories. Independence Day. After this, there was a need to upgrade the factories under OFB, but this was not done. India began to depend on foreign countries for its strategic strength.
Calling for seven new companies of OFB, PM Modi said, “Quality and reliable (weapons) should become our identity. For these new companies also, the country has already placed orders worth Rs 65 thousand crores. This is our defense. Shows the country’s confidence in the industry. Our defense exports have increased by three hundred and fifty percent in the last few years. Some time ago, the Ministry of Defense had released a list of more than 100 such tactical equipment, which will no longer be imported from outside. “
Let us tell you that all the 41 factories of about 200 years old OFB have been divided into seven companies which are-
(1) Ammunition India Limited associated with ammunition
(2) ‘Advance Weapon and Equipment Limited’ related to rifle, machine gun, cannon etc.
(3) Tanks, BMPs and Trucks Attached to Armored Vehicles (‘Avni’) Limited
(4) Troop Comfort Limited related to soldiers’ uniforms and tents etc.
(5) ‘Optical Limited’ manufacturing military equipment such as night vision devices
(6) ‘Yantra System’ attached to the Parachute Group and Ancelery-Group
(7) ‘Leaders India Limited’
Speaking at the event, Defense Minister Rajnath Singh said, “With the formation of seven different companies of OFB, India is now ready to become a defense hub in the world. Both private and government industry will have an important role in this, due to which India Today the path of ‘Make for the World’ has started.The Defense Ministry has set a target of achieving a turnover of Rs 1.75 lakh crore in Aerospace and Defense Goods and Services by 2024, which includes export of Rs 35,000 crore. “
The Defense Minister said, “OFB’s infrastructure and skilled personnel are an important and strategic asset for the country. However, in the last few decades, concerns have been raised by the Army regarding the high cost, poor quality and delay in supply of OFB weapons. Therefore, accountability and efficiency was necessary and that is why the decision of corporatization was taken. The Defense Minister assured that the interests of the employees are being fully protected while implementing this decision.
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