December 4, 2022

Extensive and valuable contribution of MSME make PM Modi’s vision of Atmanirbhar Bharat a reality: Minister

Minister of State for Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises, Bhanu Pratap Singh Verma addressing at the inauguration of the 2nd International Conference on Defence & Security, in New Delhi

New Delhi, Minister of State (MoS) in the Ministry of Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises (MSME) Bhanu Pratap Singh Verma said extensive and valuable contribution of the MSME make Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s vision of Atmanirbhar Bharat through Make in India a reality.

The Minister was speaking at the PHD Chamber of Commerce and Industry’s (PHDCCI) Second International Conference on Defence and Security in New Delhi on March 30. The event witnessed participation of the policy makers, industry stalwarts and international delegates.

He appreciated the Chamber for organising the event at an appropriate time when the nation is embarking its journey of being Atmanirbhar through Make in India. Defence manufacturing needs to be brought in the chain of Make in India to enhance the landscape of the defence manufacturing sector.

Major portion of manpower in the defence manufacturing is provided by the MSME sector, he noted. He emphasised on the quality enhancement in the manufacturing industries to increase the competitiveness in the global market. Exports stood at Rs 38,000 crore in the last seven years. More than 12,000 SMEs are involved in the defence sector and there has been an increase in research and development, start-ups, innovation and employment.

The Ministry has also prepared and circulated ‘Policy Document for MSMEs in India’ for the comments from the industry to facilitate creation of vibrant ecosystem for rapid growth of the sector and also for real infrastructure and responsible linkages for MSMEs.  There is a need to identify and sensitise stakeholders to promote MSMEs to the best of their ability starting from manufacturing to ensure access to credit, capital exposure, raw materials and marketing facilities, the Minister added.

Keeping in view the advancement in technology, the Ministry will develop a focused institution promoting technology development and activities in the MSME sector in a coordinated manner and will be launched for skill development where the NULM of the Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs, various schemes of the Ministries like NRLM of Ministry of Development, Schemes of Ministry of Skill Development etc. will be targeted at the district level, added Verma.

Speaking on the occasion, Additional Secretary, Defence Production, Sanjay Jaju lauded PHDCCI for organising the Second International Conference on Defence and security at the most appropriate time.

“Our defence manufacturing ecosystem is going though the most exciting phase, driven by the nation’s self belief in its capabilities and abilities to be world class in defence and security infrastructure and manufacturing. Deriving advantage from our demographic dividend, self belief is the starting point for building an Aatmanirbhar Bharat,” said Jaju.

The disruptive innovative processes in defence procurement in providing RFPs to the end product will shorten the time frame from two years to 4.5 months. Government will now not only just invest in the R&D of the designing abilities of the government enterprises but also in the private sector-led enterprises, as it is for businesses to do business and not the government to do business, Jaju observed.

Mentioning the utmost importance of extensive participation of the private sector to achieve Atmanirbharata and building world class infrastructure, he invited the industry to hold the reins of defence manufacturing sector and take it to the next level.

Indigenous initiatives and startups should be promoted to develop and design the defence products, doors to be opened for the industries to bring fundamental and paradigm reforms in the sector.

Ibraev Akylbek, Deputy of Defence Minister, Government of Kyrgyzstan expressed his satisfaction with the opportunity to participate in PHDCCI  Second International Conference on Defence and Security as it provided excellent opportunity for exchange of views on the most pressing issues of countering existing challenges and threats. “In the context of modern globalisation, India is one of the most powerful centres of international development, where huge human and economic resources are concentrated. The key factor of ensuring the security of the state is a level of equipment of our units,” added Ibraev Akylbek.

“Effective cooperation to raise the level of risk targets both at the national and regional levels. Our country is open to cooperation on the entire spectrum of issues on the joint agenda, including cooperation on mutual deliveries of military products. In conclusion, I wish you good health and success in your activities for the benefit of the peaceful labour of our peoples.”

Pradeep Multani, President, PHDCCI in his address mentioned that Indian defence industry is at a fast growth and development stage where every stakeholder has its important role in developing the sector including the DPSUs, OEMs and MSMEs. “The recent developments around the world have even forged us more to have a robust and competitive and self-reliant defence ecosystem. Our Prime Minister has called for Make in India and make for the world, the key to self-reliance and growth.”

The capability and viability of the defence and aerospace industry is built on the strength of supply chains, in which the MSMES are intricately intertwined. There are substantially large number of MSMEs across the country supplying components and sub-assemblies and systems to the Defence Public Sector Undertakings, Ordnance Factories, Defence Research and Development Organisation, Indian Air Force and private industries.

Speaking at the Conference, MK Gupta, Chairman, PHDCCI Defence & HLS Committee mentioned that the aerospace and defence industry is of strategic importance to any nation. The Ministry of Defence acknowledges the fact that India needs to increase self-reliance in its own national interest. On the other hand, the international defence industry today is global in nature with a complex network of global supply chains. Therefore, it is imperative for Indian companies, especially SMEs, to integrate themselves into the supply chains of national and international defence majors in order to reduce dependence on foreign supplies and also to gain a foothold in the international aerospace and defence market.

Air Vice Marshal P S Sarin, VSM, Assistant Chief of Air Staff (Maintenance Plans), Indian Air Force emphasised on sustenance and indigenisation of the products make in India. “The DefExpo will provide the opportunity to galvanising our products in the sector. All over India Indian Air Force is working in collaboration with academia, designing firms and other institutions in this area. Open modular framework will be provided in this sector to ease the processes. Quality assurance service will also be kept in the main light for the manufacturing.”

He mentioned that sustenance will be the building block for self-reliance.

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