Sitharaman Pushes for ‘Make in India’ in Defence
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.