Defence exports Current Affairs - 2020

Land Acquired from Tamil Nadu and Uttar Pradesh Defence Corridors to increase Defence Production

On March 23, 2020, the Defence Ministry announced in the Parliament that it has acquired land from the State Governments of Uttar Pradesh and Tamil Nadu. As Land is state subject, it is important for the centre to acquire land from the state government for development projects.

Highlights

The GoI is planning to increase Defence Exports to 5 billion USD in next five years. In order to achieve this, the Government is expanding its investment opportunities. Thus, it has acquired land from the state governments in their respective defence corridors. The land acquired from Tamil Nadu so far is 1,182 hectares and from Uttar Pradesh is 1,537 hectares.

Policy initiatives in Defence Manufacturing

The GoI has taken several initiatives to increase manufacturing in Defence Sector. They are as follows

  • The “Strategic Partnership” Model was introduced where the manufacturers shall make partnerships with Indian Entities and set up manufacturing units through technology transfers
  • The FDI policy was revised for the defence sector where 100% investment is now allowed through Government route
  • Defence Investor Cell was created to address the issues related to investments and its related regulatory measures.

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DefExpo-2020 Outcomes reported at the Parliament

On March 16, 2020, the Raksha Rajya Mantri Shri Shripad Naik submitted the outcomes of DefExpo-2020 at Rajya Sabha as a written reply. This year DefExpo-2020 was organized in Lucknow, Uttar Pradesh under the theme

Theme: Digital Transformation of Defence

Outcomes

This year more than 856 domestic defence companies and 172 foreign companies participated at the DefExpo-2020. More than 200 partnerships and MoUs were signed at the exhibition. This includes 14 MoUs that were signed at the 5th India-Russia Defence Conference. The Uttar Pradesh Government alone signed 23 MoUS with an investment of Rs 50,000 crores. The investments are to be made in the UP Defence Corridor.

Benefits of the Event

The DefExpo-2020 is aligned with Make in India scheme. Therefore, 292 Indian MSMEs participated at subsidized rates. The event acted as a platform for the Defence start ups to show case their innovations.

Measures of GoI

The Government of India has taken several measures to increase Defence Exports and also improve growth of Defence industry. Two Defence Industrial Corridors were established one in Uttar Pradesh and other in Tamil Nadu.

Defence Investor Cell was created in 2018 to provide information and guidance to innovators, start ups, investors. FDI policy of defence sector was revised and 100% FDI were allowed through Government routes and 49% under automatic routes.

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