No. NDGBGOA (CE)/MoD/08/2015-01 Date:- 23/01/2015
The Hon’ble Defence Minister,
Ministry of Defence,
Govt. of India,
South Block, New Delhi.110011.
Sub: Corporatisation of Ordnance Factories – reg
National Defence Group’B’ Gazetted Officers Association (NDGBGOA) of Ordnance Factories, which represents the Group B Gazetted cadre(Middle Management Cadre) requests your kind intervention and clarification on the subject matter at the earliest please. We sincerely hope that India will become a powerful Nation and modernize its Defence force under your esteemed leadership.
The Ordnance factories has played a creditable role in the supply of Arms, Ammunitions, Combat Vehicles and Clothing to the Indian Armed forces ,Navy, Air force and Para Military Forces, after Independence. Indian Ordnance Factories is the oldest and largest industrial setup which functions under the Department of Defence Production of the Ministry of Defence. The ordnance factories form an integrated base for indigenous production of defence hardware and equipment, with the primary objective of self reliance in equipping the armed forces with state of the art battlefield equipments. Ordnance Factories are the issuing Organisation to the Defence force and has served the country well through the wars and conflicts that we have gone through. Rightly, Ordnance Factories are called the fourth Arm of the Indian Defence.
It is a matter of grave concerned that, Corporatisation of Ordnance Factories becoming the talk of the time by all the employees. Articles are being published in the news paper (The Hindu, Dated-18.01.2015). Moreover many of the top Officials are discussing on the corporatization of Ordnance factories which is not only disturbing but also demoralizing all the employees.
Entire employees of Ordnance factories (from top to bottom) are discussing regarding the future of the organization as well as their future by which the working atmosphere being disturbed in the factories day by day.
Sir, Ordnance factories are the Government supplier organization which has got restricted customer of Indian Armed forces, Navy, Air force and Para Military Forces. Ordnance Factories is able to take any challenges and can supply required product for defence preparedness of our country at any time. Corporatisation of Ordnance factories will not solve the real need of defence preparedness of our nation and it may cause harm to our National Security also. Corporatisation/Privatisation of Ordnance factories will deteriorate the Quality of Defence Products which can be observed in many Public Sector Unit. This Association has opined not to take any decision for corporatize the ordnance factories.
Sir, as a Responsible Patriotic Association with cadres of technically educated and practically involved employees, we oppose any proposal of Government for Corporatisation of Ordnance factories. We are always ready to take any challenges for the requirement of defence preparedness of our nation. We assure to supply and fulfill our customers (Defence Forces) requirement in the competitive global market to keep the golden history of Ordnance Factories as the fourth Arm of our country. If required by MOD, then we can export our product in the global market.
Therefore, you are requested to grant a meeting with this Association at the earliest to discuss on the recent issue of corporatization of Ordnance Factories which is distressing all the employees of our Organisation.
1) The Secretary, MOD,New Delhi.
2) The DGOF & Chairman,OFB,KOLKATA