Army calls for greater industry participation in its indigenisation initiatives

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CII organised the Regional Annual MGO Industry Co-Operation Meeting (RAMICON) West on 12th April 2017 in Pune. This meet was organised as a part of the Indian Army, MGO branch’s initiative of connecting and collaborating with the industry in different parts of the country. With huge requirements for maintenance and sustainability of the existing equipment, the Indian Army has already stepped up its efforts towards indigenisation.

Lt Gen Ravi Thodge (Retd), Consultant to the Ministry of Defence & Former MGO in his Keynote address informed the participants that the industry needs to work closely with the Indian Army to understand its quality standards. “There is a need for creating mutual win-win situation with mutual understanding”, he added. Lt Gen R R Nimbhorkar, Master General Ordnance, Indian Army during his address informed the members that the Ministry of Defence is looking for higher engagements with the Indian industry. He also released “The Olive Pages” – A compilation of the critical materials that are required for the logistics & maintenance support of the vast array of Indian army equipment.

Earlier Brig P Nataraja, Commandant, Central Armoured Fighting Vehicle Depot, Kirkee flagged off the session by Welcome address where he gave a brief about the defence business and urged the participants to make use of this session to understand the business opportunities and the procedures to get enrolled as a defence vendor.

Representing the industry, Col R S Bhatia (Retd), President & CEO – Defence & Aerospace, Bharat Forge Limited in his special address spoke about the changes the Industry has undergone in the last 2 decades. Complimenting the efforts of the Indian Army’s approach on reaching out to the industry, he apprised the industry about the huge business opportunities that are available through the revenue procurements. Mr Vernon Noronha, Vice President – Defence Business, Tata Motors Limited who also spoke on the industry perspective called for long term commitments by the Indian Army, that would encourage more companies to work with the defence. “Pune should become the hub for Land Systems for the Indian Army” he added. Mr Nitin Chalke, Chairman CII Pune Zone and Managing Director- India, Eaton delivered the vote of thanks.