'Forging new partnership with Industry for Defence Production’
The two day 'Defence Industry Development Meet' organised by Department of Defence Production, Ministry of Defence, Government of India was inaugurated by Raksha Mantri Smt Nirmala Sitharaman in the presence of Chief Minister, Tamil Nadu, Thiru Edappadi K. Palaniswami. The event was held at Kalaivanar Arangam, Chennai. Senior Officials from Ministry of Defence, State Government, Services, Chairman OFB, CMDs of DPSUs, senior executives of DPSUs / OFB and private industries attended the inaugural function.
The objective of the Meet was to forge new partnerships with private industry with the aim to achieve self-reliance in defence production under the overarching 'Make in India' initiative of the Government.
The meet focussed on indigenization, import substitution and technology infusion. The event was part of the Ministry's initiative to encourage and facilitate participation of private industries especially MSMEs in Defence Manufacturing.
The event provided private firms/companies especially vendors from Tamil Nadu region an overview of the existing defence procurement policy, indigenization and outsourcing procedures of DPSUs/OFB and updated them on the recent Government policy initiatives to promote indigenization and outsourcing and the opportunities thereon.
Highlights of Event
   The Department of Defence Production presented policy initiatives for supporting Indian vendors especially MSME in the field of Defence Production.
   Defence Research & Development Organisation (DRDO) showcased the technologies available for the private sector. Raksha Mantri handed over three representative ToT agreements of DRDO to Industry-one each for Army, Navy, Air force.
   HAL, BEL, BEML, BDL, MIDHANI showcased over 50 products for indigenization by the industry.
   OFB offered more than 20 products to vendors for indigenization.
   MDL, GRSE, GSL showcased vendor development opportunities.
    Raksha Mantri released the simplified 'Make-II' procedure which stipulates relaxed eligibility criteria, minimal documentation, provisions for suo moto proposals from individuals / industry, particularly for innovative solutions and relaxed eligibility criteria for start-ups. This procedure envisages for assurance of order on successful development of prototype.
    Raksha Mantri launched Defence Investor Cell being set up by Department of Defence Production which will facilitate the investment in defence production sector. The Defence Investor Cell Defence will directly interact with all interested investors with regard to potential investment and the queries related to policy and the projects handled by the Ministry of Defence.
   1000 plus vendors participated in the two day event.
   Indian Army, Indian Navy & Indian Air Force projected their requirements, especially related to MSMEs, for indigenization.
   Ministry of MSME presented the policy initiatives taken by the Government to support MSME.
   Department of Industrial Policy & Promotion brought out the initiatives taken by the Government for 'ease of business' processes and issues related to licensing of defence products.
   Ministry of Home Affairs presented their requirement for police and para military forces.
   The Meet not only strengthened the existing partnership but also provided scope for new collaborations during the event.
   DPSUs /OFB provided facility for on the spot vendor registration for prospective vendors for supplying defence needs.
   This event brought all defence related vendors and suppliers of Tamil Nadu and other parts under one roof and facilitated creation of an aerospace & defence ecosystem in the region.
   Raksha Mantri Smt Nirmala Sitharaman highlighted the recent policy initiatives including Make-II procedure released by Government on January 16, 2018, Defence Innovation Hub for Coimbatore, CODDISSIA and Defence Investor Cell. She said more initiatives to promote 'Make in India' in defence will be taken up.
   Raksha Mantri announced next Defence expo will be organised in Chennai during April 11th to 14th 2018.
- T Shanmugam
Raksha Mantri Smt Nirmala Sitharaman lighting the traditional lamp during inaugural function of Defence Industry Development Meet for Forging New Partnership with Industry for Defence Production.
Raksha Mantri Smt Nirmala Sitharaman interacted with media during the Defence Industry Development Meet for Forging New Partnership with Industry for Defence Production.
Raksha Mantri Smt Nirmala Sitharaman releasing two books 1. "Simplify Make Procedure" and 2. "Defence Exports from India" during the function.
Raksha Mantri Smt Nirmala Sitharaman handing over three ToT agreements of DRDO to Industry-one each for Army, Navy, Air force during the function.