MoS De­fence says in­di­geni­sa­tion vi­tal in de­fence sec­tor

SP's MAI - - MILITARY -

The Min­is­ter of State for De­fence Dr Sub­hash Bhamre has said that the quest for in­di­geni­sa­tion must be the fore­most con­cern of any or­gan­i­sa­tion as it is even more im­por­tant in De­fence sec­tor as it leads to self-re­liance which is crit­i­cal to na­tional se­cu­rity. Inau­gu­rat­ing a sem­i­nar on ‘Indige­nous Tech­no­log­i­cal Em­pow­er­ment of the In­dian Army’, here Dr Bhamre stated that sig­nif­i­cance of in­di­geni­sa­tion must be fully ab­sorbed by all stake­hold­ers and must im­ple­ment ‘Make in In­dia’ in all fu­ture ac­qui­si­tion pro­grammes. He ap­pre­ci­ated that the In­dian Army has not only or­gan­ised a se­ries of ini­tia­tives to­wards this ob­jec­tive, but also cre­ated the Army De­sign Bu­reau, which is a unique or­gan­i­sa­tion to fa­cil­i­tate in­ter­ac­tion and seek par­tic­i­pa­tion of the In­dian in­dus­try and the aca­demic com­mu­nity. Com­ment­ing that tech­nol­ogy has per­meated into all facets of daily ex­is­tence, he said its rel­e­vance in war­fare is most crit­i­cal and al­ways the side with ac­cess to bet­ter tech­nolo­gies will al­ways win. “True self-re­liance in De­fence, there­fore will flow out of fully home­grown tech­nol­ogy”, he said.

The Chief of the Army Staff Gen­eral Bipin Rawat said that the Army has en­cour­aged the academia and the in­dus­try in the coun­try to come and un­der­stand the re­quire­ments with re­gard to equip­ment that is needed by the Army. The Sec­re­tary Gen­eral, FICCI Dr San­jaya Baru, CMD Bharat Forge Ltd Baba N Kalyani and Lt Gen­eral Subrata Saha (Retd) also spoke on the oc­ca­sion.

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