Lt Gen K J Singh, AVSM, GOC in C, Western Command, Chandimandir, inaugurated CII Secure North, 3 day Conference & Display on Safety & Security, organized by Confederation of Indian Industry (CII) at its Northern Region Headquarters in Sector 31 A. It was here that Mr Singh exhorted small and large industries especially situated in Punjab and Chandigarh to take part in defence production, but implored them to concentrate on quality of goods produced.
Government of India is seeking involvement of industry in Defence Production and has eased regulations and licenses required for the long list of items which were otherwise in a negative list for production by the industry. Top quality technology products, components and parts to defence, para military and security forces were the need of the hour while it is for the first time that the defence has initiated a project for production of transportation aircraft by civilian industry.
The GOC also appealed to the civilian industry to employ ex-service men. As the armed forces requires the army to be kept young, there are as many as 60,000 service men between the ages of 36-39 who retire each year and should be absorbed by the industry under Corporate Social Responsibility.
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