CII Current Affairs - 2020

June 9: World Accreditation Day

Every year, the World Accreditation Day is celebrated on June 9. The initiative of celebrating the day was launched by the International Accreditation Forum (IAF) and the International Laboratory Accreditation Cooperation (ILAC).

This year the day was celebrated under theme

Theme: Accreditation, Improving Food Safety

India

In India, the day was celebrated by the Quality Council of India. Also, the National Accreditation Board for Testing and calibration Laboratories and the National Accreditation Board for Certification Bodies conducted webinars.

According to FSSAI, the following are the current requirements in India regarding accreditation

  • Proficiency Testing
  • Developing Rapid Test Kits
  • The number of accredited reference material producers should be increased
  • Integrated system for information exchange
  • Rapid Test kits for food analysis
  • Accreditation Scheme to certify products
  • India also needs to institutionalize virtual assessments.

Quality Council of India

The Quality Council of India was established in 1997. The main objective of QCI is to establish quality standards all over social and economic sectors in the country. It was set up as a public private partnership based on the Netherlands model. It was set up by the Department of Promotion of Industry and Internal trade (DPIIT).

The key promoters of QCI are CII (Confederation of Indian Industry), FICCI (Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry).

E-Conclave for Defence MSMEs held

On May 21, 2020, the Union Defence Minister Rajnath Singh chaired the E-Conclave of Defence MSME (Micro Small and Medium Enterprises).

Highlights

The E-conclave was organized by CII (Confederation of Indian Industry), SIDM (Society of Indian Defence Manufacturers) and Department of Defence Production. Around 800 Defence MSMEs participated in the conclave that was held through video conferencing.

The Conclave identified the fact that the US Defence industry developed within a short span of two years during World War II.

Background

The GoI recently announced that, the defence sector will focus on indigenization of defence raw materials to boost its defence production. This was announced to help economic growth during COVID-19 crisis. To achieve this, the GoI had imposed import ban on certain goods during its announcement of Atma Nirbhar Bharat Abhiyan. The Indian Air Force recently announced its stalling of three main projects of buying aircrafts from foreign countries. Instead, the IAF is to tie up with HAL to achieve those projects.

Thus, the conclave was conducted to let the MSMEs learn about the current requirements of defence sector. It also focused on how MSMEs can help boost defence production.

India’s Target

The Conclave will certainly help India achieve its target of 25 billion defence production by 2025.