‘No private players in the defence field’

ST Correspondent
Sunday, 25 June 2017

On June 28, workers’ unions are going to hold protest march outside district collectors office. 

Pimpri: The Prime Minister’s Office recently sought details of the land belonging to ammunition factories and other DRDO establishments, the machinery used for manufacturing of arms and ammunition, drawings of the products and processes for the manufacturing. 

Ammunition Factory Workers Union, however, alleged that this is an attempt to open crucial manufacturing of arms and ammunition to private companies under the initiative of ‘Make in India’. 

They have alleged that this move by the government compromises the sovereignty of the country. 

Ammunition factory workers union has conducted a nationwide protest against this decision of the government. 

On June 28, workers’ unions are going to hold protest march outside district collectors office. 

Joint Secretary of Ammunition Factory Workers Union, Sagar Dongre, stated in a press statement that defence manufacturing is related to the sovereignty of the country. 

Therefore, the attempt to open defence manufacturing sector to the private players and to the foreign direct investment will 
adversely affect the sovereignty of the country.

Dongre said, “In recent times, at many places, arms and ammunition were seized from terrorists. All these arms were made by the private industries. Therefore, handing over defence manufacturing sector to private players can prove self-destructive.” 

Around 430 workers union in defence manufacturing companies are going to participate in this nationwide agitation. 

The workers’ unions are planning to hold a protest  against this issue at Jantar Mantar in the national capital on July 3. 

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