Saturday, April 1, 2023

Deputy chief of Army interacts with industries to study prospects of defence items


Jamshedpur : Lt. Gen Subrata Saha, the deputy chief of Army Staff ( Planning and Systems) today interacted with industries of Adityapur. He led a three member team to Ramkrishna Forgings Limited, a leading forging manufacturing company based at Kolabira in Seraikela.

The academia saw representation from IIT-Kharagpur, NIT- Jamshedpur, NIFFT-Ranchi and NML-Jamshedpur. Representatives of Automotive Component Manufacturers Association ( ACMA), Adityapur Small Industries Association ( ASIA) and Laghu Udyog Bharti ( LUB) were also present at the interactive session. Chairman of Ramkrishna Forgings Limited, M P Jalan had also come from Kolkata to attend the function.

” We are here to carry study of prospects. The defence budget for procurement is 40 billion US dollar. If 40 per cent of it is supplied by indigenous companies we can avoid dependability from outside,” said Saha adding that the government’s new Defence Procurement Policy ( DPP) which has been designed to suit some very basic needs of Indian Army gives greater flexibility to domestic industry for participating in defence order.

The Seraikela Kharsawan District Chamber of Commerce & Industry had also written to A P Singh. Industry Secretary, Jharkhand, to take initiatives to develop defence items from industries located in Adityapur.

In his letter to Singh , A K Srivastava, chairman, Seraikela Kharsawan District Chamber of Commerce & Industry had said that now Adityapur Industrial Area has fully grown and more than 600 units have directly or indirectly making components for Tata Motors and other Tata Group of Industries located at Jamshedpur.

Whenever there is slow demand of automobile vehicles, the quantum of order on ancillaries located in Adityapur is slashed. This situation has occurred this year also. The slow demand is due to poor infrastructure especially the poor condition of road.

The Tata Group especially Tata Motors has been very accommodating in giving orders to local ancillaries but at present their hands is also very tight. ďThere has been lapses in our part i.e. entrepreneurs of Adityapur, Jamshedpur as we have never thought of developing item for Defence, Railway etc.

We understand that there is good scope of developing spares, equipment & other ancillaries item for various ordinance factories located in the country. In this context we approach you, Sir, to issue instructions/ guidance to various ordinance factories or in charge of defence production to make a visit to Adityapur, Jamshedpur assess the potentiality and if possible demonstrate the sample of item and their design to enable the local ancillaries develop such items.

Since the local ancillaries are basically ancillary supplier of Tata Motors, Telcon, Tata Steel, TRF, Tinplate, Lafarge, Cummins, Timken, they are quality conscious and can also provide competitive rate,Ē noted Srivastava.

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