Western Command exhorts industry to partner with Govt in defence sector
Security is everybody’s concern – GoC in C, Western Command
Offers skilled & trained professionals to industry at CII Secure North
Hailing the Government of India’s historic decision yesterday, to approve the increase in FDI limit in Defence from 26 to 49 per cent, Lt Gen K J Singh, AVSM, GOC in C, Western Command, Chandimandir exhorted the small & large industry from north, especially Punjab & Chandigarh region to aggressively take part in defence production, while inaugurating the CII Secure North, a 3 day Conference & Display on Safety & Security, organised by Confederation of Indian Industry (CII) at its Northern Region Headquarters in Sector 31 A from August 7- 9, 2014.
“Indian Government is strongly committed to involve the industry in Defence Production, and hence recently eased regulations and licencing required for production of a lot of items by removing them from the negative list for production by civilian industry.
Lt Gen K J Singh , GoC in C, Western Command, inaugurating the CII Secure North 2014 Display at CII NR Headquarters in Chandigarh
"So I invite the MSMEs and large scale industry from this region to dedicatedly manufacture and supply top quality latest technology products, components and parts to defence, para military and security forces. This is a golden opportunity for the huge base of ancillary industry from Punjab and the surrounding areas. For the 1st time, we have also initiated a project of production of a transportation aircraft by civilian industry”, he emphasized. “We expect that the SMEs who are struggling to sustain their businesses, due to the lack of capital and cash flows, would benefit in particular due to increase of FDI limit”, felt the GoC in C.
“Though it is our mandate to provide complete environmental security to the country, but Security should not be treated as only Governments’ responsibility, rather, it is everybody’s concern and we all should be vigilant and alert at all times”, further added Lt Gen Singh.
Citing the example of Surat Diamond Merchants PPP model for surveillance and safety, he called for a coordinated effort from all stakeholders like the governments, industry, civilians and security forces to achieve a sustainable model.
Seeking industry’s support in employing the ex-servicemen, he shared that “Every year, 60,000 disciplined and trained servicemen aged between 36 – 39 years retire from armed forces because the army has to be kept young. I am ready to train them with the skills and fields, as required by the industry and I appeal to the industry to employ them under its Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR). The industry can initially even incubate them as interns for a few months and then employ them if they find them suitable”.
“Your security is my responsibility, but my retiring soldiers is your responsibility”, he again implored to the industry.
Mr Darpan Kapoor, Chairman, CII Chandigarh Council & Vice Chairman, Kapsons Group, “India’s security concerns are dynamic and are being affected by ever changing global security environment. Hence, a wide variety of issues including policy formulation, law enforcement, modernization of security forces and industry preparedness need urgent consideration in India. 3rd CII Secure North is a unique platform to showcase the products and equipment on the Internal Security and Fire Safety in North India including the latest technological solutions such as CCTV & DVRs, Disaster Management Solutions, Theft Sensors, Fire Alarms, Smoke Detectors, Fire Fighting Systems, GPS & GIS, Public Warning Systems, Hi-Tech Building Management Solutions, Rescue & Safety Tools & Kit, Protective Garments, Spy Cameras & other Accessories, Access Control Systems etc.”
Col Sandeep Sudan, CFE, Country Director, Pinkerton said, “In order to revamp the face of Indian Security System, integration between state and Central forces, Advanced training of forces, efficient technical infrastructure and modernization of armed force policies is the need of the hour. Also, we need to implement a strong collaborative safety model, where Resident Associations work hand in hand with armed forces.” “Besides Homeland Security, we also need to increase the expenditure on cyber security and protection of Intellectual Property Rights,” he added.
Mr Anand Bagalwadi, Director, UTC Fire and Safety, “According to the latest Security expenditure report by McKinsey, the average expenditure on per person security in India is only 90 cents as compared to $133 in UK, $ 8 in Brazil, $ 7 in Middle East and $ 6 in China. There exists a dire need to increase this expenditure.”
“We need to move beyond the concept of Smart Cities and look forward towards evolution of Safe Cities like London, New York, where in every 4 sqm more than 100 cameras are present. For this development of joint committees platform is needed, where best practices could be shared. At the same time, establishment of Industry-Government forum is required so that sustained implementation of policies takes place. In order to improve the overall homeland security system of the country, collaborative efforts of Solution providers, system integrators, government and public participation is needed. Also, effective management, day to day monitoring and unified chain of control are required.”
“CII welcomes the Cabinet’s approval to increase FDI limit in Defence from 26 to 49 per cent with full Indian management and control. This is a historic moment for the Indian industry to collaborate with the foreign Original Equipment Manufacturers (OEMs) and create state of the art platforms and solutions in India. This would definitely encourage MNCs to get into co-development and co-production arrangements with Indian companies. Capital and Technology are the two important aspects of advanced manufacturing. With this move, the Government of India has made its intentions clear to the world that we mean business and job creations in India”, shared Mr Pikender Pal Singh, Regional Director, CII NR.
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