Union Minister of State for Home Affairs G Krishan Reddy said on Wednesday that in order to promote self-reliance under Make in India, the government will focus on domestic manufacturing of arms, ammunition, and other safety products.
Addressing the FICCI Webinar on 'Atmanirbhar Bharat: Opportunities for Homeland Security Industry' today, Reddy said, "Atmanirbharta is not just a dream, but a well thought of roadmap for the future-ready India. We will have to strengthen our presence in making a strong public-private partnership culture."
The Minister said that India had been reliant on worldwide Original Equipment Manufacturers ( OEMs) for arms and ammunition procurement for years.
Urging private industries to come forward, Shri Reddy said the government is open to solving the industry 's problems. The government decided to start procurement from local industries in the near future to reduce dependence on imports. A recent meeting on facilitating arms and ammunition procurement by CAPFs from domestic private manufacturers was held.
"There is a need for the private sector to be price competitive and focus on quality in production. It should not only cater to the domestic needs, but also be able to export products, only then it will achieve the vision of Atma Nirbhar Bharat Abhiyan," Reddy said.
The Minister also stressed on the part that the government was in the process of upgrading various testing centres and laboratories in the country. He said that the government will also use the GeM (Government-e-Marketplace) portal to promote domestic products.
In order to overcome these testing times, PM Narendra Modi has come up with Aatma Nirbhar Bharat Abhiyan to promotes the local economy.