Seven new defence public sector undertakings, carved out of the erstwhile Ordnance Factory Board (OFB), were on Friday dedicated to the nation by Prime Minister Narendra Modi as part of a major reform initiative to boost India’s defence production.
Defence Minister Rajnath Singh said the government will provide support to the companies initially through financial and non-financial interventions if required.
The defence ministry said the companies commenced work on October 1.
The event to launch the new companies was organised on a day the country celebrated ‘Vijayadashami’.
The Union Cabinet on June 16 had approved a long-pending proposal to restructure the over 200-year-old Ordnance Factory Board that operated 41 ammunition and military equipment production facilities into seven state-owned corporate entities to improve its accountability, efficiency and competitiveness.
The OFB was dissolved on October 1 and its assets, employees and management were transferred to the seven companies.
In his address, Modi said the seven new companies would form a strong base for the military strength of the country in the times to come.
The seven new defence companies are Munitions India Limited (MIL), Armoured Vehicles Nigam Limited (AVANI), Advanced Weapons and Equipment India Limited (AWE India), Troop Comforts Limited (TCL), Yantra India Limited (YIL), India Optel Limited (IOL) and Gliders India Limited (GIL).
In his video address, Modi noted the auspicious occasion of ‘Vijayadashami’ and the tradition of worshipping arms and ammunition on the day.
“He said, in India, we see power as a medium of creation. He remarked that with the same spirit, the nation is moving towards strength,” a government release said.