PM Modi to lay foundation stone of Bharat Dynamics’ Rs 400 cr project

New Delhi, Nov 15 (PTI): Prime Minister Narendra Modi will lay the foundation stone of a plant under Bharat Dynamics, which will be established for Rs 400 crore to make propulsion system for anti-tank guided missiles, in Jhansi on November 19, Defence Secretary Ajay Kumar said on Monday.

Moreover, on the final day of ‘Rashtra Raksha Samarpan Parv’, the PM will hand over indigenously developed defence platforms such as light combat helicopter (LCH) to the Indian Air Force, drones to the Indian Army and advanced electronic warfare suites for destroyers, aircraft carriers and frigates to the Indian Navy, Kumar noted.

Various other initiatives and schemes would be launched or dedicated to the nation during the three-day ‘parv’ in Jhansi that will celebrate the 193rd birthday of Rani Laxmi Bai.

The LCH has been designed and developed by Hindustan Aeronautics Limited. It is the only attack helicopter in the world that can land and take-off at an altitude of 5,000 metres with considerable load of weapons and fuel, Kumar said at a press conference here.

The drones, which will be handed over to the Army, have been designed and developed by Indian start-up companies, he said.

Also, the warfare suite has been designed by the Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) and manufactured by Bharat Electronics Limited (BEL), a defence PSU, Kumar added.

The Defence Ministry will also launch a nationwide program to scale up simulation training facilities for all the three wings — Army, Air and Navy of the National Cadet Corps (NCC).

The Army wing of the NCC has one rifle firing simulator currently which would be increased to 98, Kumar said.

The microlight flying simulators will be increased from six to 98 for the air wing of the NCC, he said.

The rowing simulators for the Navy wing of the NCC will be increased from 10 to 61, he noted.

A new setup and structure for Sainik schools will also be dedicated to the nation at the Rashtra Raksha Samarpan Parv, he said.

The Union Cabinet recently approved setting up of 100 Sainik schools across the country. These 100 schools will be established in the next two years, Kumar said.

While the schools will be set up by private education institutions, NGOs and state governments, the Union government will provide assistance to 50 per cent students by paying 50 per cent of their fees, Kumar noted.

The selection of these 50 per cent students would be done on merit-cum-means basis, he added.

For the first time, Sainik schools will also have an option to allow day scholars with early morning to late evenings timings so that they are able to take part in full-day academic and extra-curricular activities, he said. Till date, Sainik schools have students that board at their hostels.

Kumar said an NCC Alumni Association will also be launched by the prime minister in Jhansi. Modi, a former NCC cadet, will be the first member of this association, he added.

Following up on PM’s statement on August 15, 2020, that the NCC would be expanded in border and coastal areas of the country, 1,283 schools and colleges were identified out of which 896 were in border areas, 255 in coastal areas, and 132 in taluks housing Air Force stations, he said.

Since Covid did not permit physical training, NCC cadets were imparted the theoretical component through online medium at these schools and colleges, he added.

Wherever schools and colleges had opened, physical training was also imparted, he said.

The implementation of this scheme for the last one year is going to be showcased as a part of the three-day event in Jhansi, he added.

Kumar said 1,034 hectares of land has been allowed at the Jhansi node of the UP Defence Industrial Corridor.

Bharat Dynamics Limited, a defence PSU, will set up a plant to manufacture propulsion system for anti-tank guided missiles in the Jhansi node, he mentioned.

This plant will be spread over 183 acres of land and will involve an investment of Rs 400 crore, he said. Moreover, this plan will provide direct employment to 150 people and indirect employment to nearly 500 people, he noted.

The foundation stone of the project will be laid by the PM on November 19, he said.

The PM on November 19 will formally dedicate two electronic kiosks at the National War Memorial in Delhi that will allow visitors to register their presence and pay virtual homage to the fallen heroes, he said.

Modi will also launch a mobile app that would give a virtual tour of the National War Memorial with a 360-degree experience, he said.