Sithara­man Pushes for ‘Make in In­dia’ in De­fence

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New Delhi: The gov­ern­ment is con­tem­plat­ing a sys­tem to fa­cil­i­tate do­mes­tic de­fence man­u­fac­tur­ing by speed­ing up the is­sue of in­dus­trial li­cences needed to start pro­duc­tion. Un­der the pro­posed pro­ce­dure, li­cences would be “deemed ap­proved” if the home min­istry’s se­cu­rity clear­ance is not given within a “rea­son­able” amount of time.

In ad­di­tion, in keep­ing with the ‘Make in In­dia’ ini­tia­tive, the de­fence min­istry has asked the De­fence Re­search & De­vel­op­ment Or­gan­i­sa­tion to cre­ate a “mas­ter list” of its tech­nolo­gies that can be com­mer­cialised and given to pri­vate In­dian in­dus­tries for man­u­fac­tur­ing and ex­port, be­sides look­ing at tax con­ces­sions for do­mes­tic pro­duc­ers. The min­istry will en­sure that bu­reau­cratic hur­dles are cleared in im­por­tant ac­qui­si­tions, in­clud­ing ‘Make in In­dia’ projects.

Gov­ern­ment sources said most of these is­sues were dis­cussed dur­ing an in­ter­ac­tion on Satur­day be­tween de­fence min­is­ter Nir­mala Sithara­man and Con­fed­er­a­tion of In­dian In­dus­try (CII) rep­re­sen­ta­tives, where the mat­ter of de­lays in the is­sue of li­cences was raised.

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