De­fence Min­is­ter ini­ti­ates de­vel­op­ment of Tamil Nadu de­fence cor­ri­dor at de­fence in­dus­try meet

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Un­der the Prime Min­is­ter Naren­dra Modi’s larger vi­sion of push­ing ‘Make in In­dia’, the Min­istry of De­fence has taken mul­ti­ple mea­sures to pro­mote in­di­geni­sa­tion in the de­fence in­dus­try. In the 2018 bud­get, two De­fence Cor­ri­dors were an­nounced in Tamil Nadu and Ut­tar Pradesh. Sub­se­quent to the an­nounce­ment, the process has be­gun to set up th­ese cor­ri­dors.

As one of the first steps to ini­ti­ate de­vel­op­ment of the Tamil Nadu De­fence Cor­ri­dor, an in­ter­ac­tive meet­ing with lo­cal in­dus­try was held at Tiruchi­rap­palli, on March 16. The meet­ing, which was at­tended by over 200 rep­re­sen­ta­tives from the in­dus­try, was ad­dressed by De­fence Min­is­ter Nir­mala Sithara­man. Sev­eral min­is­ters and se­nior of­fi­cials of Tamil Nadu Govern­ment and se­nior of­fi­cials from Min­istry of De­fence, De­fence Pub­lic Sec­tor Un­der­tak­ings, Bharat Heavy Elec­tri­cals Lim­ited (BHEL) and Ord­nance Fac­tory Board were also present in the meet­ing. In her in­au­gu­ral ad­dress, the Min­is­ter gave a brief over­view of the im­por­tance of the de­fence sec­tor in the over­all growth and de­vel­op­ment of the coun­try and high­lighted the im­por­tance of the pro­posed De­fence Cor­ri­dor in this respect. She sought the ac­tive sup­port of all the stake­hold­ers to make the project suc­cess­ful. Sithara­man also in­vited the lo­cal man­u­fac­tur­ers to show­case their prod­ucts re­lated to de­fence sup­plies so as to at­tract the at­ten­tion of more than 300 man­u­fac­tur­ers ex­pected to be present in the De­f­expo 2018, sched­uled be­tween April 11-14, 2018, in Chen­nai.

Sev­eral pre­sen­ta­tions rang­ing from mea­sures taken to pro­mote in­di­geni­sa­tion and self-re­liance in de­fence pro­duc­tion, the in­dus­try friendly mea­sures taken by the Tamil Nadu govern­ment, the en­vis­aged role of the pub­lic sec­tor en­ter­prises in the pro­posed De­fence Cor­ri­dor and the ca­pa­bil­i­ties and ex­pec­ta­tions of the lo­cal in­dus­try were made. The pre­sen­ta­tions were fol­lowed by a very vi­brant ques­tion an­swer ses­sion.

The Tamil Nadu De­fence Cor­ri­dor, also called the Tamil Nadu De­fence Pro­duc­tion Quad as the no­dal cities form a quadri­lat­eral, will in­clude Chen­nai, Ho­sur, Salem and Coim­bat­ore, Tiruchi­rap­palli as nodes. Th­ese no­dal cities have ex­ist­ing de­fence ecosys­tem in the form of OFBs, ven­dors work­ing with De­fence PSUs, and other al­lied in­dus­tries. The Tamil Nadu De­fence Cor­ri­dor aims to bol­ster in­ter­ac­tion be­tween all in­dus­try play­ers in or­der to create long-term syn­ergy and even­tual de­vel­op­ment of the area into a De­fence Pro­duc­tion pow­er­house.

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