Jaitley hints at sops for local manufacturing in defence

Press Trust of India Tokyo | Updated on January 11, 2018 Published on May 09, 2017

Defence Minister Arun Jaitley has hinted that incentives are being worked out to encourage domestic manufacturing in the defence sector so as to cut imports of combat planes, ships and submarines.

In an interview to PTI, he said the government is working on a policy that will incentivise companies to set up manufacturing bases in India.

“We have so far liberalised our rules as far as investment is concerned... our companies, both defence PSUs and private sector companies have already started entering into arrangements with international majors with the object of establishment of manufacturing units in India,” he said.

But with government being the only buyer, manufacturing units generally will be set up only after orders are secured.

“Now, in the context of defence, government is the only buyer and therefore, units will be established only if there is a likelihood of they getting business and therefore, our policies have to be tuned to this reality,” he said.

Asked if the policy under consideration would lead to any change in the offset policy, he said there will be no change.

Under defence offset, a foreign supplier of equipment has to manufacture a given percentage of his product (in terms of value) in the buying country. This may also be through technology transfer.

“Our policies have to be tuned so that we are able to incentivise people that it is worthwhile to set up manufacturing bases in India,” he said.

He did not elaborate on the policy in works or whether it will include tax incentives and state support.

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Published on May 09, 2017
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