- After the Ordnance Factory Board was turned into a company, about 3,152 acres of extra land at 16 Ordnance Factories have been found
- The minister said that a no-objection certificate from the military authority in the area is not needed to build in the restricted zone.
Official data shows that India exported military equipment worth Rs 13,399 crore as of March 6, 2018. This is a big jump from 2017-18, when it only exported equipment worth Rs 4,682 crore.
Minister of State for Defense Ajay Bhatt answered a question in the Rajya Sabha about how much military equipment was sent abroad each year.
Bhatt said that the total amount of money spent on defence exports in 2021-22 was Rs 12,815 crore. In 2020-21, it was Rs 8,435 crore, in 2019-20 it was Rs 9,116 crore, and in 2018-19 it was Rs 10,746 crore. In 2017-18, the amount was Rs 4,682 crore.
The minister said that the value of all defence exports in the current fiscal year up to March 6 was Rs 13,399 crore.
“To reach “Aatmanirbharta,” the government has put a lot of attention on making more defence items in India (self-reliance). Items made from local resources that are indigenized become cost-competitive on a global scale. This also makes it easier for MSMEs to join the global supply chain “Bhatt said.
“The DRDO gives new technologies to the private sector for free on a regular basis. DRDO patents have been given to businesses for free “he said.
In response to a different question, Bhatt said that about 45,906 acres of land owned by the Ministry of Defence but not being used right now by any of its services or organisations.
“After the Ordnance Factory Board was turned into a company, about 3,152 acres of extra land at 16 Ordnance Factories have been found,” he said.
In response to another question, Bhatt said that the restricted area around the defence establishment has been cut from 100 metres to 50 metres in different places by the defence ministry.
Because of security concerns, places that weren’t mentioned in the message about the limited distance have stayed the same.
The minister said that a no-objection certificate from the military authority in the area is not needed to build in the restricted zone.