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New opportunities being created for youth through new defense companies: PM Modi

03:35 PM Oct 15, 2021 | ANI

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday said the seven defence companies launched on Friday would create new opportunities for youth and micro, small and medium enterprises.

The country has already placed orders worth Rs 65,000 crore for these new companies, said Modi. "New opportunities are being created for the youth through the new defence companies. And in the name of the supply chain, new opportunities would also be created for MSMEs," said Modi at the launch of the defence companies on the DRDO campus here.

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"Some time ago, the Ministry of Defense had released a list of more than 100 such tactical equipment which will no longer be imported from outside. The country has already placed orders worth Rs 65,000 crores for these new companies. This shows the country's faith in our defence industry," added Modi.

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Under the 'Atmanirbhar' campaign, the country's goal is to make India the world's biggest military power on its own, and to achieve the development of the modern military industry in India, stated the Prime Minister.
"In the last 7 years, the country has worked to take forward this resolve with the mantra of Make in India," said PM Modi.

"The world saw the strength of India's Ordnance Factory at the time of World War I. We used to have better resources, world-class skills. After independence, we needed to upgrade these factories, adopt new technology, but it was not given much attention," PM Modi said.

The decision to revamp 41 ordnance factories and the launch of seven new companies is a part of this journey of the country. This decision was pending for the last 15-20 years.

"I am confident that all these seven companies will become a major base of India's military power in the coming times," said PM Modi.

According to a release by the Prime Minister's Office, the Government has decided to convert Ordnance Factory Board from a Government Department into seven 100 per cent government-owned corporate entities, as a measure to improve self-reliance in the defence preparedness of the country.

This move will bring about enhanced functional autonomy, efficiency and will unleash new growth potential and innovation, it said in a statement.

The seven new defence companies that have been incorporated 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).

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