CM plans policy to manufacture defence equipment

Chief Minister Narendra Modi Thursday announced that Gujarat was keen on forming a policy to create a platform to manufacture defence and homeland security equipment.

Presiding over the concluding part of the International Conference on Defence Offset, the CM said, "We still largely depend on import for equipment used in defene machineries. We must try to become independent. This is not just commerce but also service to the nation."

He said Gujarat has infrastructure, skills and small-scale engineering units that can be used to manufacture defence equipment. "We are exploring where to start and how to start. What should be the roadmap and model. For the same, my state is keen on forming a policy after consultation with experts," he said.

Modi said Gujarat is the first state which has called and is talking to experts and manufactures related to this industry. "I am open to discussions and form roadmap in this regard. Experts can submit documents right now and even later. I will take personal interest and study them," he said.

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